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The Flower Garden

The Flower Garden...

Annuals give life and sparkle to the garden. Many  Southern Hemisphere gardeners are fortunate as the mild climate allows them to have both summer and winter gardens. Annuals give life and sparkle to the garden, providing a change of scene from season to season and  year to year. It pays handsomely to take pencil to paper and plan the summer and winter bedding schemes before the sowing seasons. Use foliage plants...
Africa’s Aloes deliver Blazing Colour

Africa’s Aloes deliver Blazing Colour...

June, July and August bring glorious colour to the countryside as aloes flower   Many of Southern Africa’s Aloe species are about to bloom, attracting bees, butterflies and a vast array of garden birds. Enjoy the spectacle. Barbara Jeppe described 139 species of Aloe in “Aloes of South Africa”. There are aloes flowering somewhere in the region throughout the year. The peak months are June, July and August,...
Wild Iris — reliable and easy growing

Wild Iris — reliable and easy growing...

Wild Iris is the common name for plants of the genus Dietes (di-EE-tees) which is related to the Iris family. There are five species indigenous to South Africa, of which two are to be found in many gardens and are ever-increasing in popularity. All the wild irises are perennial, evergreen plants that generally grow in large clumps. LARGE WILD IRIS (Dietes grandiflora) The most commonly seen, often in mass plantings...
Easy to Grow Hellebores

Easy to Grow Hellebores...

The genus Helleborus covers a group of perennial plants from Europe and Asia. Virtually all are garden worthy, though the acaulescent (stemless) hybrids have become the most popular forms found in gardens. The hellebores form by far the largest and most handsome group of winter flowering herbaceous plants. Throughout the genus there is a wonderful quality of sculptured perfection and classic poise, both of leaf and flower....
Rewarding Red Hot Pokers

Rewarding Red Hot Pokers...

  Red Hot Poker is the common name  for Kniphofia (nee-FOF-ee-a). Not all ‘Red Hot Pokers’ are of that colour,  for nowadays there are hybrids in white, yellow, pale orange and many shades in between. The true Kniphofia are indigenous to Africa — there are approximately 70 species in Africa, and of these 47 occur in the eastern parts of South Africa. One will often find them growing in places as far flung as...

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