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Gardening in South Africa

Warming up the Beds

Marigold Marigold If it’s warm, rich colours you are after then our November companions are perfect for you! Marigolds are first up, offering their warm sunny colours for most of the year and outlasting many other annuals. Their colourful flowers come in shades of orange, yellow, red and bi-coloured, with many flower shapes and sizes to choose from. Zinnia is our other hot companion and they make for great festive colour in a garden with their upright green foliage and kaleidoscope of warm and inviting colours.

When cooking with chillies, possibilities are only limited by your creativity.

Mixed ChilliesMixed ChilliesThis is the plant that puts fire on your tongue and maybe even a tear in your eye when you eat spicy Mexican, Szechuan and Indian or Thai food. Love them or hate them, chillies are probably the most popular spice worldwide. The exact origins of chilli peppers have been difficult to determine until recently, because the macro-remains of the plant are only preserved archaeologically quite rarely. In pre-Hispanic times, it is believed that chillies were not cultivated north of Mexico, but wild chillies like the chiltepin (or chile piquin) were spread by humans and birds from their South American homes into Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

These dainty yet durable and drought hardy beauties will bloom continuously throughout summer.

Euphorbia 'Glitz' is perfect in containers. Picture courtesy www.ballstraathof.co.zaEuphorbia 'Glitz' is perfect in containers. Picture courtesy www.ballstraathof.co.zaGarden Spurge, Graceful Sandmat, Large-Spotted Spurge, Milk Purslane, Tropical Euphorbia (Euphorbia hypericifolia)

Euphorbia hypericifolia is native to the Americas where it occurs in the tropics and subtropics, having been recorded from the southern USA, the Caribbean and throughout South America. It has been widely introduced to the Pacific Islands, and to some extent in tropical Africa, Mauritius, India and Southeast Asia; where it occurs from sea-level up to an altitude of about 600m, along roadsides, stony river banks, on disturbed sites, and as a weed in cultivation.  

The plants resemble the annual plant called “baby's breath” (Gypsophila paniculata), and can be used in the garden in much the same way, but these wispy plants with their abundance of frothy drifts of small white flowers, interspersed amongst their olive green leaves, belie their delicate looks with their hardy temperaments.

Colour Explosion

ImpatiensImpatiensImpatiens – known to many as “Busy Lizzies” – are a vital ingredient to any summer garden. Few other plants offer such a mass of blooms for such a long period as these valiant little plants. There are lovely rich hues of reds and oranges for “hot” beds, gentle pastels to relax the eye and a pure white hybrid to add a sense of coolness on those hot summer’s days.

Couple them with Dahlias and your garden will simply be bursting with colour! In fact, the kaleidoscope of colours at your disposal will quite possibly leave you with a dilemma around choosing what you’re going to buy.

Follow the "Seven Principles of Xeriscape Gardening" and you will have a beautiful, water wise garden

Water-wise gardening is not only for dry areas; nor does it mean that you can only plant indigenous plants, cacti and succulents. Water wise gardening implements the basic principles of Xeriscape gardening, with the most important one being  the practice of selecting plants with water requirements corresponding to the local rainfall patterns and climate where they are to be planted, as well as for their drought tolerance; significantly reducing the need to water. This water efficient method of gardening can be adapted to many different types of gardens and using the principles of Xeriscape gardening will allow you to plant and maintain your annuals, perennials, vegetables, shrubs and trees in the most water wise manner possible.

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