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Superb Scabiosa

Superb Scabiosa...

Scabiosa bloom from late spring through to the first months of autumn     Easy-to-grow Scabiosa must be one of the prettiest garden flowers. Growing in small clumps, the flowerheads stand above the foliage, gently moving with the slightest breeze.  On warm summer days, butterflies are often seen on the flowers, for Scabiosa is one of their favourite nectar plants. The Dipsacaceae or Scabious family is found in...
Clivia — an elegant winter bloomer

Clivia — an elegant winter bloomer...

Clivia flowers are usually orange with yellowish centres, but there are forms that bear scarlet, dark red, salmon, and yellow flowers.   Clivia is a wonderful flowering plant. Elegant and imposing, it’s easier to grow than an orchid and more unusual than an amaryllis. A Clivia plant will produce dense clusters of lily-like flowers. Equally important, the strap-like, dark evergreen leaves are virtually blemish...
Growing heathers and heaths

Growing heathers and heaths...

Easy-to-grow heathers bring year-round colour to gardens in almost any climate.     Heathers are incredible plants that offer real value for money. As a group they flower all year round and individually can be in bloom for several months, with few other plants able to rival the winter-flowering forms for sheer flower power at that time of the year. The flowers vary from the purest white, through pinks and reds...
Grow a Butterfly Garden

Grow a Butterfly Garden...

When quizzed on the subject of butterflies a small child was heard to say, 'butterflies are worms with wings'. Well, that about explains it! Butterflies are among the most beautiful and interesting creatures on Earth. By planting a butterfly garden with all of the right kinds of plants and flowers that butterflies love to feed on and lay eggs on, you will certainly have a yard full of butterflies throughout...
Gazania — an easy to grow gem from Africa

Gazania — an easy to grow gem from Africa...

  Indigenous gazanias growing in their native habitat endure poor soil, baked conditions and drought and still produce boldly coloured flowers.   Gazania, a flamboyant, variable and versatile plant is the trademark of the unique country landscapes in Namaqualand (the wild flower region in South Africa’s western extremities) and the pride of the flower route in South Africa. This genus of 16 species of...
Reliable and colourful Penstemons

Reliable and colourful Penstemons...

Penstemon is growing in popularity and is used in gardens worldwide.   Growing penstemons (also known as Beard Tongue)  is incredibly easy, with very little care and attention required. Purchase plants in summer while in bloom to ensure you get the colour you want. Water regularly during the first season. Once the plants are established they will be fairly drought tolerant. Penstemons are easily grown from seed,...