Category: Gardening

Grow puya plants from seeds

Grow Puya plants from seeds

Grow Puya plants from seeds Grow Puya plants from seeds:  Introduction to Puyas, which are bromeliads with spectacular flowers. Puya is a little known bromeliad from South and Central America,  that grow as a...

Growing rosemary in pots

Growing rosemary in pots

Growing rosemary in pots Growing rosemary pots:    Grow rosemary in a container that has a least one drainage hole and is 6 to 8 inches deep. It should contain high-quality potting soil that is...

Camellias brighten your winter garden

Camellias brighten your winter garden

Camellias brighten your winter garden Camellias brighten your winter garden:   Camellia bushes can play a starring role in your garden over winter and spring, as well as providing a useful backdrop in summer and...

Hosta plants can be grown indoors

Hosta plants can be grown indoors

Hosta plants can be grown indoors Hosta plants can be grown indoors:  Though hosta are traditionally grown outside in gardens,  they also make great houseplants,  if grown in pots or containers,  under proper conditions, indoors. Hosta...

Daffodils for your winter garden

Daffodils for your winter garden

Daffodils for your winter garden Daffodils for your winter garden:  Daffodils are a lovely addition to the winter to spring garden. Plant the bulbs in the fall and they will bloom in late winter...

Add sunflowers to your garden

Add sunflowers to your garden

Add sunflowers to your garden Add sunflowers to your garden:  If you want to attract some birds to your garden,  sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are perhaps one of the easiest flowers that you can grow,...

Smoke trees make great borders

Smoke trees make great borders

Smoke trees make great borders Smoke trees make great borders:  Growing smoke trees is something people do to make great looking shrub borders. These trees are just as a pretty for around your patio, ...

Lavender brings colour and perfume to your garden

Lavender brings colour and perfume to your garden

Lavender brings colour and perfume to your garden Lavender brings colour and perfume to your garden:   Lavender is one of the most colourful of garden plants.   As it is so successful in landscapes,  one forgets...

Create a cottage garden with cosmos

Create a cottage garden with cosmos

Create a cottage garden with cosmos Create a cottage garden with cosmos:   Cosmos are one of the best cottage garden flowers of all time!   The classic daisy-like flowers,  with the light and ferny foliage,  and...

Blue fescue grass for your garden

Blue fescue grass for your garden

Blue fescue grass for your garden Blue fescue grass for your garden:   This plant is one of the “no fuss” plants,  perfect for low maintenance gardening. These blue grasses are called blue fescue plants.   Choose...

Orchid care

Orchid care

Orchid care Orchid care:  Orchids have long been a symbol of love and beauty. Grown by enthusiasts for their sheer elegance and fascination,  they are also favoured for many a special event.  From weddings...

How to grow sweet peas from seed

How to grow sweet peas from seed

  How to grow sweet peas from seed How to grow sweet peas from seed:   Sweet peas have large seeds that are easy to manage. Most varieties germinate readily,  therefore,  if you want to...

Succulents and cacti

Succulents and cacti

Succulents and cacti Succulents and cacti.   There is a difference between succulents and cacti. Often the terms succulents and cacti are used interchangeably.   This is scientifically incorrect.   Understanding the relation between the two will...

Plant an olive tree in your garden

Plant an olive tree in your garden

Plant an olive tree in your garden Plant an olive tree in your garden.  The olive has been a part of everyday life in the eastern Mediterranean since the beginnings of civilisation.  More than...

Grow your own winter onions

Grow your own winter onions

Grow your own winter onions Grow your own winter onions:   Winter onions are an extremely large,  hardy vegetable that can survive in cold temperatures.   The majority of their growth occurs over the winter months....

All about Gazanias

All about Gazanias

All about Gazanias All about Gazanias.   Try your hand at growing them.  If  you are looking for a spectacular display of colour,  these are the flowers to opt for.  Gazanias are the most showy in any garden or...

Colour your garden with primulas

Colour your garden with primulas

  Colour your garden with primulas Colour your garden with primulas.   Primulas are perfect for shady areas.   Although they can tolerate dappled morning sun, try keeping them in more shady spots.  It is a...

Gardening with ornamental grasses

Gardening with ornamental grasses

Gardening with ornamental grasses Ornamental grasses make a lovely addition to any garden design.  They will transform your landscape, whether you plant them in containers,  or just around the garden. Use grasses as a backdrop Using  grasses as...

Dutch lilies make beautiful borders

Dutch lilies make beautiful borders

Dutch lilies make beautiful borders Create borders and beds of Dutch lilies in your garden for a spectacular display. Find a location in your garden where the soil drains well.   Do not plant in...

Garden ponds

Garden ponds

  Garden ponds If you want your garden to spring to life, then adding a garden pond, or a water feature is the answer. Garden ponds are key to encouraging  the essential pollinators, such...

Growing banana trees in pots

Growing banana trees in pots

Growing banana trees in pots Growing banana trees in pots is easy. If you are not able to grow banana trees in the ground,   either due to lack of space or cold climate,   growing...

Angel's Trumpets

Angel’s Trumpets

Angel’s Trumpets Angel’s Trumpets are one of the easiest plants to grow.  You can find it in bloom at many garden centres right now, even in Autumn. It looks so dramatic,  as its pendulous...

Bromeliad plant care

Bromeliad plant care

Bromeliad plant care Bromeliad plants are widely available at nurseries and garden centres.   These plants need medium to bright light as indoor specimens,  but can also be grown outdoors. Bromeliad plants provide an exotic...

Garden water features

Garden water features

  Garden water features Garden water features always give a much needed serenity to your garden.    They also add elegance to any garden. Having the relaxing sound of a bubbling fountain after a hard days work,...

Create a windbreak with pine trees.

Create a windbreak with pine trees

Create a windbreak with pine trees Should you feel you need to protect your garden by having a windbreak,   planting a few trees here and there is always a good idea. An effective windbreak...

Plant peach trees in your garden

Plant peach trees in your garden

Plant peach trees in your garden Bring fruit from your trees to your table.  By growing a peach tree or two in your garden,  you are also able to bottle or can the fruits....

Growing Daffodils

Growing Daffodils

Growing Daffodils Daffodils are one of the easiest spring bulbs to grow.  Daffodils have been known for thousands of years and are often associated with English spring gardens. They figure in the myth of...

Create a chameleon friendly garden

Create a chameleon friendly garden

Create a chameleon friendly garden Chameleons need a fairly large area in which to roam.   This is an important fact about chameleons.   Gardeners are being encouraged to link up chameleon-friendly gardens in a single...

Pansies make a beautiful display

Pansies make a beautiful display

    Pansies make a beautiful display The garden pansy is a type of large-flowering hybrid plant,   cultivated as a garden flower.    It is derived by hybridization from several species in the section Melanium, ...