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Easy Rhododendrons and Azaleas

Easy Rhododendrons and Azaleas...

While roses are considered by many gardeners to be the Queen of the garden, Rhododendrons are said to be the King. The vivid displays produced by rhododendrons and azaleas can last for several months. There are plants to suit any garden — but to thrive they must have acid soil and good drainage. Rhododendrons and azaleas are among the most decorative shrubs available for the home garden. Varying in size from mat‑like...
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...
Easy Summer Flowering Shrubs (Part One)

Easy Summer Flowering Shrubs (Part One)...

There is a wide range of summer flowering shrubs to add colour to your garden. There’s nothing quite like the joy of watching the summer­ flowering shrubs burst into bloom, providing colour and a sense of permanence to your garden. What would our gardens be without shrubs? They give an air of permanence, are useful for screening, whether used as formal or informal hedges or shrub bor­ders, complement the trees...
Camellias made easy

Camellias made easy...

Few shrubs are more rewarding to home gardeners than the camellia, with its glossy, evergreen foliage and delicate flowers that bloom over a long period The most rewarding of all winter-flowering shrubs. In South Africa, interest in camellias has been less noticeable than in other Western countries. This is partly because South African gardeners have not had ready access to the newer hybrids developed in the United States,...
Opulent Arum Lilies are easy to grow

Opulent Arum Lilies are easy to grow...

  Arum Lilies are among the world's most known plants. Arum Lilies growing in a large clump on the Eastern Cape Province's Wild Coast ARUM LILY  (Zantedeschia aethiopica) The familiar Arum Lily, with its opulent and sophisticated pure white spathes which brighten up watercourses and wetlands throughout the region in spring and summer, belongs to an indigenous genus which is restricted to the African continent....
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...