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Fragrant, Colourful and Easy Sweet Peas

Fragrant, Colourful and Easy Sweet Peas...

Sweet peas are an easy annual from seed because you can direct seed them into the garden. The Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is one of the most attractive, highly scented and prolific of all the annuals. The flowers vary in colour — red, blue, lavender and pink and white. Depending on the cultivar, they can be solid colours, bicolours or streaked. Sweet peas will provide you with masses of cut flowers for at least...
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...
Grow a wildflower meadow

Grow a wildflower meadow...

Wildflower meadows have become increasingly popular in recent years, as gardeners combine low-maintenance design with eco considerations. Creating one involves a lot more than sprinkling a wildflower seed mix on your lawn, though. Vast tracts of South Africa form part of the Grassland Biome. The Grassland Biome is found chiefly on the high central plateau of South Africa, and the inland areas of KwaZulu-Natal and the...
Growing Parsley

Growing Parsley...

Parsley plants do well in sun or partial shade, and prefer a rich, moist soil. Parsley deserves recognition for more than its role as a garnish. It is rich in vitamins, a good source of iron, and freshens your breath, as well. Common parsley, Petroselinium crispum, a member of the carrot family (Apiaceae), is well known for its use as a garnish or as a flavouring in many dishes and salads. The curly varieties...
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...