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Gardening in South Africa

Handy list of summer flowering perennials for full sun to light shade

 

An avenue of Agapanthus. Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaAn avenue of Agapanthus. Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaIn our modern world we often find ourselves pressed for time and wondering where we can free up some in order to do the things we really enjoy. Gardeners are no exception, and whether you like gardening or not, everyone loves a beautiful garden overflowing with greenery and brightly coloured flowers, but seldom do we count the cost in time spent on creating and maintaining such a garden. That's where flowering perennials can save the day, because unlike annual plants which grow, flower and die all in one season, perennials can last several years before they need replacing or dividing. Also many perennials spread easily, and this, together with their longevity, makes it really worthwhile investing in them for your garden.

New DIY Garden Club in the KZN Midlands

All gardeners, and new gardeners, there is a new DIY Garden Club in the KZN Midlands that are inviting people to join (no fees to be in the club, just a small cover fee to attend the DIY’s).  They are having their first gathering on 24 February, and if you are interested, you will need to join their group on facebook and let them know you want to be part of the group and if you want to attend.  The info for the first meeting is pinned to the top of the page.

* No membership fees.
* Monthly DIY gatherings
* Small cover charge to attend the DIY’s.
* Seed and plant swapping welcome
* New gardeners very welcome
* Children very welcome if supervised by parents.

Their page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kznmidlandsdiygardenclub/

 

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Yarrow blooms all summer, loves hot and dry conditions, thrives in impoverished soils, and is frost hardy, what more could you want from a perennial!


Achillea' Summer Pastels' mix. Picture courtesy www.ballstraathof.co.zaAchillea' Summer Pastels' mix. Picture courtesy www.ballstraathof.co.zaAchillea millefolium, a beautiful herbaceous perennial commonly known as yarrow or common yarrow, is a member of the lovely Asteraceae family, and a close relative of Chamomile and Chrysanthemums. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere; in Asia, Europe, and North America. Today yarrow can be found growing all over the world; occurring from sea level to 3,500 metres in elevation. It is most frequently found in the mildly disturbed soil of grasslands and open forests, and survives in various habitats: forests, meadows, grasslands, mountains, coastal areas, and arid regions.

Balloon Flowers are real tough cookies!

Balloon flowers are hardy long-lived perennials which are reliable bloomers in cold climates, and can take short periods of drought while still delivering a long season of beautiful blooms with minimal effort. For these reasons, gardeners around the world have always valued the balloon flower, and new gardeners are also re-discovering their charms, not only for their whimsical flower buds, but also because balloon flowers are really tough cookies!

Balloon flowers are part of the easy growing Bell Flower/Campanula family, like the well-known Canterbury Bell (Campanula medium,) and you will notice the resemblance right away. Platycodon grandifloras is native to East Asia, occurring in China, Korea, Japan, and Siberia, where they grow on slopes, and in meadows. The botanical name means ‘broad bell,’ but the open flower is really more of a star shape. However, it's the puffy buds which intrigue gardeners, because as the flower buds grow they inflate like an origami balloon, before unfurling into gorgeous five-star bellflowers, 5 to 7cm across. This enthrals everyone and makes the balloon flower almost irresistible; and taking into account their flower colours which come in sought-after shades of blue, violet-blue, as well as pink and white, make them totally irresistible!

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