More about Myrtle

Myrtle –  Botany Myrtus, with the common name myrtle, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Myrtaceae The genus Myrtus has three species recognised today: In the garden Myrtus communis is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant for use as a shrub in gardens and parks. It is often used as a hedge […]

Sowing seeds in six easy steps

All seeds hold within the amazing promise of life.  You will find that growing plants from seed can be a very rewarding experience and that you actually become attached to your little seedlings.  You can grow from seed to feed you and your family or you can grow to fill your garden with an abundance […]

Caring for Clivias – All you need to know!

Spring is finally here, and with it, many of our favourite flowering plants.  The first that comes to mind are Clivias.  Clivia minniata is one of our more famous plants in South Africa and it has managed to find its way into gardens around the globe.  Not only do Clivias produce amazing flowers during spring, they […]

A lush green lawn in 5 easy steps

The colour green has an instant calming effect and in today’s crazy pace of living, plants provide a reprieve for one’s soul. As a result, we need green spaces in our lives. This is all the more reason to get started on an excellent source of green: your lawn. The better care your lawn receives […]

Top 10 Indigenous Plants for Spring

With South Africa being a drought-prone country and water a scarce resource, we are all affected as gardeners.  The rains have been scarce this spring and it seems likely that we will be experiencing a dry season this year.  Yet there are ways to keep the watering down to a minimum (mulching being one of […]

Gardening after the rain

If you’re like me then your fingers should be itching to get into the garden after the rain.  It is amazing what rain does to our mood after the dry weather, it inspires, invigorates and encourages us.  Our gardens are filled with fresh promise after the rain and the work we do now will save […]

Mulch much more!

When we face challenges in our garden such as hot and dry weather it is always a good idea to step back and have look at how nature handles these problems.  Leaves collect on the forest floor and form a protective blanket that conserves water and breaks down to enrich the soil.  When walking through […]

How to plant your own succulent bowl

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned gardener planting a succulent bowl is easy and fun whilst still allowing you to put your personal spin on it.  Succulents are an amazing family of plants which have adapted to harsh conditions by storing water in modified fleshy stems and leaves to conserve the precious little water […]

Looking after your roses in October

Just imagine the sight of masses of rose blooms swaying in the breeze spreading their intoxicating fragrance to all who take the time to admire her.  This is the promise of a rose blooming profusely in October.  To ensure that she can stun us with her beauty there’s a few things we have to look […]

Success with seed

A plant seed truly is a miraculous thing.  They can lay dormant in the soil for decades at a time and as soon as conditions are favourable enough they spring to life, continuing the cycle of life anew.  Growing from seed is always such a journey for me, starting when you sow the seeds and […]