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Summer Gardening

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...

Hot and happening food gardening for the summer

Posted By Category: Edible Plants, Gardening Tips, Summer Gardening, VegetablesComments: 0Post Date: 26th Oct 2016

We have seen an amazing increase in people opting for food gardening in the last few years. There are several good reasons for people making this decision, for example: Growing your own food allows you to control what goes into them. This allows you to provide safer, healthier food for your family that you can be certain of. With the cost of food, especially fresh produce, increasing year on year, growing your own food allows you to make considerable...

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...

Waterwise guide for this season

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At last the first drops have fallen and the change in our gardens have been instant.  Let’s hope we get another shower soon to keep the momentum in our gardens going. However, we are still not out of the woods in regards to water shortages and the shortsightedness of our municipalities and water departments.  One could rant on for hours about the above but I feel that it is better that we rather focus on the water aspects over which...

Valentine's Gifts to Match Your Valentine's Personality

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Valentine’s gifts can be a tricky one, with all the expectations to splash out on the craziest of gifts.  Why not keep it simple this year and go for something that will grow on your Valentine?  A living gift offers so much more than an uninspired gift from the shops that will just end up in the back of the closet anyway.  Have a read below and see which type of plant will suit your Valentine the best.  For the...

Good Plant Hedges Make Good Neighbours

Posted By Category: Summer GardeningComments: 0Post Date: 23rd Jan 2016

With our modern life styles, our green spaces, gardens and nature around us are being swallowed by the concrete jungle. Gardens are getting smaller and with that - our privacy.  Growing a hedge or screening plant is one of the best ways to ensure that your privacy remains intact whilst bringing a bit of nature into your (and even your lucky neighbour’s) life.  Hedges have been used for centuries with the Ancient Romans having multiple uses for them.  Hedges,...

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...

The Splendour of Hydrangeas

Posted By Category: Gardening Tips, Summer GardeningComments: 0Post Date: 28th Dec 2015

What a fitting time of the year it is to talk about Hydrangeas; due to their favourite epithet being  "Christmas flower". Growing into a handsome big shrub that gets covered by brilliantly coloured big blooms, a must have for gardens with shady areas and a sure bet to enthral with their flowers.  They tend to need a bit of a rest after all that flowering, thus they lose their leaves during winter making them deciduous. NEEDS  Depending on the colour of...

How to Look After Your Garden During the Holidays

Posted By Category: Gardening Tips, Summer GardeningComments: 0Post Date: 14th Dec 2015

The schools have closed and the great migration has begun to our country’s lovely beaches and holiday spots.  One thing that can ruin a relaxing holiday is worrying whether your treasured plants that you have lovingly cared for throughout the year will survive your absence.  However don't worry, just follow our guide below and you will be coming back to a healthy and happy garden just as refreshed as you are. Watering Ensure that all leaking taps and fittings are fixed...

Have the Best Poinsettias this Festive Season

Posted By Category: Summer GardeningComments: 0Post Date: 27th Nov 2015

Every year it seems that the arrival of Poinsettias at the nursery also herald the festive season.  Few things say Christmas like a Poinsettia.  They are one of the most recognizable pot plants in South-Africa.  I however wonder what happens to all those plants sold after the holidays... The sad thing is that most of them probably die off. Follow our tips below to keep your Poinsettias looking at their best all year round. Fun fact: The yellow bits are...