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Splashes of Colour with Summer Flowers


Don’t let the heat get you down by bringing some cooling colour into your garden with Heckers' guide on an amazing selection of colourful flowers for this summer.  With the intense heat we have been experiencing lately we can definitely say that summer is here.  Luckily there are plants that thrive in this scorching weather and will make your garden come alive with a display of stunning blooms.   The only difficulty with Calibrachoas is choosing which colour Easy Waves and Calibrachoas Easy...

Beautiful Bougainvillea

Posted By Category: Gardening Chat, Summer GardeningComments: 0

If you are looking for a low maintenance plant with lots of colour, look no further than Bougainvilleas.  They are the perfect plant with the current dry weather we are experiencing, whilst astounding us with their divine blooms.  Bougainvilleas originate from South America but have managed to find their way into gardens all over the world.  They flower all the way through Spring to Autumn.  Bougainvilleas are one of the most popular garden plants, and I can only see...

Gardening For a Greener Future

Posted By Category: Gardening Chat, Summer GardeningComments: 0Post Date: 8th Jan 2016

With all the festivities behind us and the guests making their way back home, it is time to look forward to the New Year.  Getting stuck into the garden is one of the best ways to get rid of all the holiday pounds, whilst enjoying time in the sun.  For those of us returning from holiday it is a great time to get the garden looking at its best again.  With a lot of commentators predicting doom and gloom...

3 Reasons to Have More Plants in Your Home

Posted By Category: Gardening ChatComments: 0Post Date: 13th Apr 2014

Home Plants Plants are a powerhouse of wellness for your home. They’ll provide you with a host of benefits, and they’ll make your house look great while doing it. I’ll admit, I’ve been kind of obsessed with this idea lately, and I think you’ll find the concept intriguing as well after learning about the myriad benefits they offer. 1. They purify your air. You probably know that plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen; plants in your home are no exception. Oxygen affects...

Waste not, rather recycle

Posted By Category: Gardening ChatComments: 0Post Date: 29th Jan 2014

I am always amazed by the amount of black dustbin bags out on the streets on pickup day (that is if they actually pick it up).  It seems that at times we waste more than what we really use and end up throwing the rest away.  Recycling is one of the areas we can make the biggest impact.  So it is time to start sorting your plastic from paper.  Recycling doesn't just stop there, even re-using an old can...

Back to reality

Posted By Category: Gardening ChatComments: 0Post Date: 16th Jan 2014

We tend to think of migrations only happening in the animal kingdom yet every year we have our own human migration in South-Africa.  It seems as if most people in Gauteng migrate to the coast to enjoy their summer holidays in the sun, sea and surf.  For those of us coming back home after the holidays we are usually welcomed by a garden that is in need of a bit of love and care.  Have a look at our...

Getting through these hot summer months

Posted By Category: Gardening ChatComments: 0Post Date: 21st Nov 2013

I don’t know if it is just me but it has been a cooker lately with the heat we've had.  Luckily we have had some much needed rain in between and even a devastating hail storm.  With the heat we are experiencing our gardens are flourishing and the plants are growing at an astonishing rate which also means a bit more work for us in the garden.  There are also some pests to keep an eye out for this...

The miracle of rain

Posted By Category: Gardening ChatComments: 0Post Date: 25th Oct 2013

Walking in the garden this morning with the smell of rain still fresh in the air, it is amazing how a good downpour can revitalize the garden.  Everything is fresh and clean and everywhere there the plants are showing their appreciation with new shoots and growth.   At last the summer rains have arrived and they couldn't have come at a better time with the dry weather we have had lately taking their toll on our gardens.  With the soaking...

Is the heat getting to your garden?

Posted By Category: Gardening ChatComments: 0Post Date: 18th Oct 2013

We have been experiencing some very hot and dry weather lately, and it is clear that our gardens have been taking the brunt of these warm conditions.  With water being such a scarce resource in South Africa we also can’t just go and water our gardens with wild abandon. Fingers crossed we will be getting some rain soon but in the meanwhile there is some water wise practices that we can adopt in our gardens to conserve water and...

No time, no space, no fuss

Posted By Category: Gardening ChatComments: 0Post Date: 11th Oct 2013

Succulents are great for time and space avers With the busy modern lifestyle that most of us lead, the main challenge we find as gardeners are the shortage of space and time.  The days of the big gardens are seemingly over with more and more people staying in town-houses or apartments with limited space for a garden.  With the demands of a modern lifestyle and frustratingly more time sitting in traffic we don’t spend the time in the garden, we...