Category: Gardening

Growing your own tomatoes from seed

Growing your own tomatoes from seed

Growing your own tomatoes from seed Growing tomatoes from seed is actually not a hard thing to do. There are though, a few things you must be aware of. Remember that timing, genetics, and...

The real deal Christmas tree

The real deal Christmas tree

The real deal Christmas tree Over the festive season, there are several advantages to selecting a real Christmas tree, beyond their fragrant appeal. First and foremost, evergreens are 100 percent bio degradable.   Once the...

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus Hibiscus plants most certainly add a touch of the tropics to your home and and garden. Once you know how to care for hibiscus properly, their beautiful blooms will reward you for years...

How to care for air plants

How to care for air plants

  How to care for air plants Air plants are beautiful , especially when in flower.   Every garden should have them as hanging displays. Some of the basics of how to care for you...

Iceberg rose trees

Iceberg rose trees

  Iceberg rose trees Due to their winter hardiness as well as their overall ease of care,  iceberg roses have become a very popular rose among rose lovers.   They have an exceptional eye catching...

Impatiens grown in pots and garden beds

Impatiens grown in pots and garden beds

Impatiens grown in pots and garden beds Impatiens is a beautiful annual that makes an excellent house plant or summer bedding plant.    It is also known as  “Busy Lizzie”.    Impatiens like shade and moisture.    Impatiens...

Caring for stock plants in the garden

Caring for stock plants in the garden

Caring for stock plants in the garden You may want to try growing stock plants, if you are looking to produce fragrant flowers.   The stock plant referred to here is not the plant that you...

The untamed aloe plant

The untamed aloe plant

The untamed aloe plant Aloes make for a wilder looking garden if that is your choice. Over 450 species of aloe have been described with diverse forms and sizes.   The genus includes small grass-like...

Keeping koi in a small pond

Keeping koi in a small pond

Keeping koi in a small pond As not everyone can afford big ponds, with top of the line filtration systems for their koi,  it is possible to successfully keep koi in smaller systems. Keeping koi...

Create a Japanese garden.

Create a Japanese garden

Create a Japanese garden Japanese gardens are created to be spaces of relaxation, meditation and reflection. These gardens have transformed overtime , into a way of life and deep-rooted Japanese culture.    Having a place...

Bottlebrush trees

Bottlebrush trees

Bottlebrush trees Callistemons or Bottle brush trees as they are known here in South Africa are native to Australia. Over the years they have been exported to countries around the world and are now common...

A bed of Iris

A bed of Iris

A bed of Iris Iris, named after the Greek goddess who rode rainbows, comes in many magical colours. Every gardener wants this perennial.   Despite its divine origins,  it is hardy,  reliable and easy to grow....

A wildflower haven

A wildflower haven

A wildflower haven All gardens need more plants that will attract butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects for pollinating flowers, fruits and vegetables. The best way to achieve this is by growing nectar-rich wild...

Ground covers

Ground covers

    Ground covers Ground covers are whimsical. Here are some ground covers to think about growing in your garden. Red mother of thyme The purple flowers are Red Mother of Thyme, Thymus serphyllum....

Yucca plants

Yucca plants

Yucca plants Yuccas can be grown both indoors and out. They are the most attractive plants for the corners of small or large gardens and are mostly used for landscaping. Indoors When growing a...

Growing grapes on a pergola

Growing grapes on a pergola

Growing grapes on a pergola Growing grapes on a pergola,   or some sort of trellis is highly recommended.   It has the following advantages . -It is much easier to keep the grape vine under control...

Types of birds you may find in your garden

Types of birds you may find in your garden

Types of birds you may find in your garden By providing a variety of food-sources, positioning feeders carefully and encouraging nesting, you will attract a wide range of common birds to your garden all...

Enhance your garden with pathways

Enhance your garden with pathways

Enhance your garden with pathways Gravel pathways Gravel is the easiest to handle and least expensive path material.  It feels soft underfoot, but it’s solid enough to handle a loaded wheelbarrow.  Although it looks informal,...

Frangrance in your garden all year round.

Fragrance in your garden all year round

    Fragrance in your garden all year round. A successful garden is not just a matter of good design,  careful choice of colours and regular care.   It is those extra “finishing touches” that...

Variety of lemon trees for your garden.

Variety of lemon trees for your garden

Variety of lemon trees for your garden Lemon trees,  which are citrus,   make lovely landscaping trees.   They have glossy green leaves , with fragrant blossoms and yellow fruit.   When it comes to choosing the...

Growing and caring for Hydrangeas.

Growing and caring for hydrangeas

Growing and caring for hydrangeas There are many types of hydrangeas.  Most can be grown in full sun or partial shade.   Keep in mind that many hydrangeas do not like extremely hot conditions,   so try...

Attract lizards to your garden.

Attract lizards to your garden

Attract lizards to your garden Conserve our lizards by creating an inviting home for them in your garden. Lizards can thrive in suburban gardens and rural properties if you meet their needs for food...

Vegetable garden designs

Vegetable garden designs

Vegetable garden designs There are a number of ideas to consider when planting vegetables and when it comes to vegetable garden design : Row Upon Row. Row gardens are planted in parallel lines. They...

Planting roses.

Planting roses

Planting roses When you buy a rose plant it can have short,  leafless canes and,  very often,  bare roots. Seeing a plant like this can leave you wondering how do you plant roses? Roses...

How to attract birds to your garden...

How to attract birds to your garden

  How to attract birds to your garden. It is easy to attract birds to your garden however small and close it is to a city.  The variety of species will increase with your garden size...

Recycling with succulents and cacti

Recycling with succulents and cacti

  Recycling with succulents and cacti Not to be confused with the cactus plant,   nearly all cacti are succulents,  but not all succulents are cacti.   Succulent plants, such as an Aloe,  store water...

How to care for your summer garden.

How to care for your summer garden

How to care for your summer garden Lawn Don’t allow your lawn to become too long and then mow it too short.   In the heat the top leaf growth will protect the grass roots. ...

Elements of garden design creating height.

Elements of garden design creating height

  Elements of garden design creating height Various elements work together  in garden design,  to turn a good garden into a great one.   Form and structure can provide continuity in the garden or clearly define...

Grow a strawberry fountain in pots.

Grow a strawberry fountain in pots

Grow a strawberry fountain in pots Having a strawberry fountain clay pot is an easy way to grow strawberries without the need for a lot of space. It keeps the berries clean and easy to...

Container gardens

Container gardens

Container Gardens Containers have increasingly become an important part of garden design. They add colour where it is most needed. They can be used to screen off an area and provide privacy. They draw...