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Garden GALLERIA • Awesome Autumn
Plant a copse • A copse, a very old-fashioned word now seldom used, is a small group of trees planted very close together to form a woodland area. The latter is probably also an old-fashioned idea as not many gardens in suburbia would have the space for a miniature forest.
Mediterranean CHARM • When a homeowner with vision, partners with two talented craftsmen, magic happens.
Floriferous Autumn • April in Africa means warm and mild weather that many late summer-flowering perennials love. Take advantage of this by adding their flower power to your autumn garden to keep the summer look for longer.
Meet the A Team
Oh, my Grass! • If you want perpetual motion and plants willing to go beyond their best, even in the depths of winter, you have to plant grasses…
Feel like trying it too? • If you are now convinced to plant lots of grasses and want to start with species that are readily available (they never were before) we give you a few choices here, but there are many more…
Growing the slope… • Editor Tanya Visser, describes how she tamed the steepest of several slopes in her beautiful garden.
FOOD GARDENING ON A SHOESTRING
3 WAYS TO USE PLASTIC BOTTLES
FREE PLANT MARKERS
Liven up your SHADE
Curcuma Tulips from the Tropics • The Curcuma genus of plants includes the edible spice Curcuma longa, better known as turmeric. It also includes these lovely tropical plants, Curcuma alismatifolia (Siam tulip) that are grown indoors in colder regions and also out in the garden in warmer climates.
What they need
At peace in the home • The peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is an iconic houseplant that deserves attention for it’s almost indestructible nature, beautiful dark green leaves and pure white spathes that float about the foliage like sails.
Managing stormwater run-off for landscapes
How to design with ranunculi • Bulbs can be so much more than just a patch of them planted somewhere randomly.
For sunny windowsills
Fabulous together! • Who would not want a combination as beautiful as this one in their late winter and spring flower beds?
NEW Pounce on ‘Panther’
A last fling with summer
Grow lettuce • successfully through winter
Edible Garden tasks
Spring’s Granny’s Bonnet • Aquilegias, also known as columbines, are old fashioned cottage garden favourites.
Petunias with long arms
How to PLANT A TREE • Autumn is perfect for tree planting. Doing it correctly will have a positive impact years later as the tree grows into a magnificent specimen in the landscape.
River bushwillow for autumn leaves
It’s all about protection • Gardening is a breeze if you use sophisticated products to protect your plants against their worst enemies. There is a helping hand, you should just grab it!
Sharp, sharp • It’s time to sharpen up the tools to get ready for the main pruning season of the year. Some tools will require the help of a professional and others can be done at home with these tips:
Growing Out • My knob thorn (Senegalia nigrescens) bonsai has grown a bit wild. Normally my trees grow...