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Reliable, easy-to-grow Veronica

Reliable, easy-to-grow Veronica...

Veronica ranges from prostrate rock garden specimens right up to 90cm tall cutting-garden plants. Veronica, often called Speedwell, is a favourite perennial border plant flowering from summer through to autumn. It is a great plant for attracting bees, butterflies and birds and with its tall flower spikes and deep green foliage is an excellent accent plant. Veronica blooms for an unusually long time for a perennial. There...
Useful and easy to grow Oregano

Useful and easy to grow Oregano...

Oregano is one of the easiest, most versatile and most useful herbs in the garden. Oregano is such a great herb for the garden. Its attractive, grows like crazy, smells great, and tastes great! If oregano is left to bloom its flowers attract many pollinators. Could you really ask for more? A member of the mint family, oregano is commonly used in Italian dishes and is a component of chilli powder. Oregano originates...
Alluring Agapanthus

Alluring Agapanthus...

Easy-to-grow Agapanthus produce glorious clusters of lily-like blooms that last throughout the summer. The six or so species that comprise the genus Agapanthus (African Lily) are found growing wild along the coastal belt and inland mountainous regions of southern Africa. These clump forming perennials have been collected from their natural habitats and developed into many spectacular garden hybrids that adorn landscapes...
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...
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...
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...
Popular easy-to-grow indigenous plants

Popular easy-to-grow indigenous plants...

Indigenous plants can contribute to a robust and colourful garden. There is such a wide variety of in­digenous species available to home gardeners that most should be able to grow at least one South African plant — and probably more. Indigenous plants vary in size from small, prostrate plants of delicate beauty, to giant trees, in the same way as exotic or introduced plants, and can fulfil many uses in both small...
Pretty, Easy Petunias

Pretty, Easy Petunias...

Petunias are easy to grow, bloom reliably all summer, and are available in a wide range of colours, flower forms, and growth habits.  Petunias are amazingly easy to grow, both in the garden and in containers. Native to South America, the first petunia specimen (Petunia multiflora) was collected by an explorer at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata and was white in colour. The original varieties were strong-growing...
Asters for every garden

Asters for every garden...

Excellent for massed bedding and as a cut flower, asters are easy to grow and there are both annual and perennial varieties (annual asters sown for late summer bedding are properly called callistephus).   Single, double and pompon aster flowers come in many delightful colours Asters grow well in average soils, but needs full sun. Although some varieties flower in summer, Asters are best known for being a beautiful...

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