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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,
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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)
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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
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Frost hardy bulbs

Agapanthus inapertus – Drooping Agapanthus Crinum bulbispermum – Orange-River Lily (pink) Crocosmia aurea – Falling stars - orange Dierama sp – Harebell (pink and white) Dietes sp –Wild Iris – (white or yellow) Drimiopsis maculate (green) Eucomis autumnalis - Pineapple Flower (green) Galtonia candicans – Berg Lily – (white) Gladiolus dalenii and others Haemanthus humilis – Dappled Snowbush – (white) Hypoxis hemerocallidea – African Potato (Yellow) Hesperantha coccinea – Scarlet River Lily Kniphofia sp – Red Hot Pokers (orange) Nerine sp - mainly pinks

Plants for severe cold

Understanding frost Most of the Highveld drops to -8 during the Winter. A north-facing slope is warmer than a south-facing slope. Hill tops are warmer than low lying areas. Wide open spaces are colder than built up areas of walls or vegetation. Plant the hardy plants, wait a few years before planting those tender species. Cover the stem/trunk with thatching grass or hessian for the first 2-3 years. Frost hardy Diospyros austro-africana Diospyros lycioides Euclea crispa Leucosidea sericea Rhamnus prinoides Searsia (Rhus) lancea

Plants for severe cold

Understanding frost Most of the Highveld drops to -8 during the Winter. A north-facing slope is warmer than a south-facing slope. Hill tops are warmer than low lying areas. Wide open spaces are colder than built up areas of walls or vegetation. Plant the hardy plants, wait a few years before planting those tender species. Cover the stem/trunk with thatching grass or hessian for the first 2-3 years. Frost hardy Diospyros austro-africana Diospyros lycioides Euclea crispa Leucosidea sericea Rhamnus prinoides Searsia (Rhus) lancea

Growing plants from seed

Some seed can go straight into the ground and some is best first sown in seedling trays or any other container as long as it has a drainage hole at its base. Here’s a step by step guide to growing a plant successfully from seed. • You will need a growing medium that your seeds are going to germinate and grow in. You can use a mixture of 80% vermiculite and 20% earthworm castings. The castings provide food for the seedlings and the vermiculite contains useful minerals, ensures air circulation and retains moisture. For very fine seed you may find that Culterra germination mix works best.

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.
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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.
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