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How to stop cats from digging in your garden bed.

Take a spray bottle and fill to 4/5 with water. Add several drops of one of the following essential oil: peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass or lavender. You could also do this for your house plants or to stop cats from scratching furniture. Adding coffee grounds around the plants also helps to keep cats away. 


Informal hedging, screen, wind-break.

Aloe arborescens Bauhinia galpini Bauhinia tomentosa Brachyleana discolor Buddleja auriculata Buddleja saligna Buddleja salvifolia Chrysanthemoides monilifera Coleonema alba Diospyros lycioides Diospyros whyteana Dodonaea angustifolia Dovyalis caffra Duvernoia angustifolia Ehretia rigida Freylinia lanceolata Freylinia tropica Gardenia cornuta Gardenia thunbergii Gardenia volkensii Grewia occidentalis Halleria lucida Kiggelaria africana Leucosidea sericea Noltea africana Olea europea subsp africana Plumbago aurticulata Phoenix reclinata Pittosporum viridiflorum Podocarpus henkelii

Flowers for the vase.

Agapanthus praecox - Common Agapanthus, Aloe arborescens - Krantz Aloe Amaryllis belladonna, Asparagus sp, Bulbine sp, Chondropetalum tectorum, Clivia miniata - Clivia, Cotyledon orbiculata - Pig's Ear, Crassula multicava - Fairy Crassula, Crinum bulbispermum and others, Crocosmia aurea - Falling Stars, Cussonia paniculata - Cabbage Tree, Dierama pendulum - Hairbell, Dombeya rotundifloia - Wild Pear, Eucomis autumnalis - Pineapple Flower, all ferns, Gerbera jamesonii - Barberton Daisy, Gloriosa superba - Flame Lily, Greyia sutherlandii - Natal Bottlebrush, Helichrysum petiolare - Imphepho,

Frost hardy shrubs

Anisodontea Classic serice – Pink Mallow Anthericum – Weeping Anthericum – (white) Barleria Purple Prince – (purple) Chondropetalum tectorum – Cape Thatching Reed Cotyledon orbiculata – Pig;s ears (Pink) Eriocephalus Africana – Wild Rosemary (white) Euryops plectinatus – Golden Daisy Bush (yellow) Freylinia tropica – Blue Freylinia Freylinia lanceolata – Honeybell Bush – (yellow) Gomphostigma virgata – River Stars – (white) Hibiscus peduncularis – Forest Hibiscus – (Pink) Hypoestes aristata – Ribbon Bush – (purple) Leonotis leonurus – Wild Dagga – (orange or yellow)

Frost hardy climbers and groundcovers

Climbers Clematis brachiata – Traveller’s Joy (white) Gloriosa superba – Flame Lily (orange) Podranea – Port St John’s or Zimbabwe creeper (pink) Groundcovers Artotheca calendula – Cape Marigold (Yellow) Asparagus sp – Cat’s Tails Asparagus Bulbine frutescens – Stalked Bulbine (Yellow) Carpobrotis – Sour Fig – (Pink) Crassula expansa – Felicia amelloides – Kingfisher daisy (blue/white) Helichrysum sp – (white/yellow) Gazania rigens – Trailing Gazania (yellow/ white) Lampranthus - Vygies Lobelia species Osteospermum – Mauve and white trailing daisy Othonna capensis - Scabiosa - Pincushion

Courtyard Gardens.

Court Yard Gardens STEP 1: Keep it simple. Consider the style of furniture, number of chairs and shape of the table to best fit the space, without making it look cluttered. Carry a theme right the way through. STEP 2: Create space. Try to use similar materials to build walls as used on the rest of the house. Trellis, wooden slats and small openings help to create space. Mirrors and garden art add interest and create depth. If the area is small, use cool colours, such as blue, green, grey and white. STEP 3: Add water.

Converting an exotic garden into an indigenous one.

Converting an exotic garden into an indigenous one. What an exciting project! Converting your garden is fun and very interesting. It certainly is rewarding to see the fruits of your labour not only in beautiful flowers but also seeing the birds and butterflies which will start visiting your new indigenous plants.

Caring for your new garden.

• Keep all exposed soil well mulched to minimize water and nutrient loss by the sun. The mulch (3-5cm of leaves, dried grass cuttings and soft plant material) eventually turns into compost as added bonus. • Do not till the beds. It disturbs the beneficial micro-organisms of the soil. Loosen slightly if compacted after applying fertilizer and slightly dig in the yearly dose of compost if still warm.

Bees interesting facts.

To produce 500g of honey bees have to fly 55,000 km and they fly at 24 km per hour. Bees only live for 6 weeks and during their lifetime they produce half a teaspoon of honey. Each bee visits up to 100 flowers on a foraging trip. Bees require fresh water in a garden. Honey is the only food made by insects and eaten by insects, animals and man.


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