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Hollyhocks: Beautiful and easy to grow

Hollyhocks: Beautiful and easy to grow...

Hollyhocks are easy to grow plants that are old favourites and are getting new attention as gardening trends evolve. Hollyhocks are the quintessential cottage garden flower. The resurgence in Hollyhock popularity comes from several factors. Renewed interest in cottage gardens, a desire for drought and heat tolerance in garden flowers and the introduction of many new varieties are all helping fuel their new popularity. The...
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...
Growing Herbs — an introduction

Growing Herbs — an introduction...

All over the world people grow herbs — in vegetable and perennials gardens, in containers, or on windowsills. And with good reason! Herbs are perhaps the most useful plants. They add flavour to our foods, and provide us with cures when used in medicines. Herbs are also attractive and add colour, interesting textures and forms, and rich or subtle fragrances to the home and garden. One frequently asked question — what...
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....