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Gardening in South Africa

Summer bedding plants list for full sun

Cosmos, Cleome & SalviaCosmos, Cleome & SalviaAll South Africans enjoy some colour in the garden, and especially in summer when we do a lot of entertaining, or simply lazing around outdoors with the family. However, growing plants in the full sun can be challenging, especially if rainfall is unreliable, but it’s doable, providing you select the right plants, and do a little planning beforehand.  Adding colour to the garden need not break the bank either, and you can grow a lovely flower garden simply by sowing the seeds of annual flowers, at the start of the season. If you prefer to start with trays of seedlings, by carefully selecting only high traffic areas of the garden to enhance with colour, you can save yourself a lot of cash. Avoid planting large expanses of flowers, and remember that even a few selected containers or hanging baskets, if strategically placed, will make a huge impact on the overall effect of the garden.

There’s a lot to love about fuchsias!

Fuchsias remain one of the most popular shrubs to add interest, and a little tropical flair to cool spots in the garden, or on the patio. With about 110 recognised species, and over 8000 recorded cultivars of fuchsia; from large, upright varieties, to those with a lovely trailing habit, there’s bound to be the perfect one for your garden or small balcony.  The elegant, pendulous flowers are very decorative, and are borne in profusion on cascading stems, throughout year in tropical species. In South Africa, the flowering season starts in earnest in mid-October and continues to March and April, after which the plants are pruned lightly, and the growing cycle continues until the temperatures drop in autumn.  In most regions of the country, if cared for correctly, fuchsias can bloom almost continuously through summer, and well into autumn.

For Arbour Week 2018 South Africans will be celebrating our very handsome Yellowwoods

Outeniqua Yellowwood. Picture courtesy www.kumbulanursery.co.zaOuteniqua Yellowwood. Picture courtesy www.kumbulanursery.co.zaOur indigenous Yellowwoods have become firm favourites with gardeners around the country, and the world, for their beauty and versatility. They can be grown as specimen trees, and the Breede River yellowwood, being the smallest of the yellowwoods, is suitable for small gardens. All yellowwoods can be cultivated in large containers, and Henkel’s yellowwood makes an excellent hedge or screen. Yellowwoods also make good bonsai subjects, so even if you only have a balcony, you could grow one!

Every year we also remember, and promote one of our rare or uncommon trees, and this year it’s the Shepherd's Tree, Witgat, siPhiso, Mohlôpi, Xukutsi, Muthobi (Boscia albitrunca.) SA Tree No: 122.

Iviki Lezihlahla, Arbour Week - 1 to 7 September 2018

Henkel's YellowwoodHenkel's YellowwoodDon't forget to prepare for National Arbour Week, its a time when all South Africans celebrate our indigenous trees by getting together as communities to plant as many trees as possible. This year South Africans will celebrate our Yellowwood Trees, and the rare or uncommon Shepherd's Tree, Witgat. 

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Arbour Day was first celebrated in South Africa in 1983, capturing the imagination of people who recognised the need for raising awareness of the value of trees in our society. Trees not only beautify and shade our land; they also help prevent soil erosion by stabilising the soil, and can be a valuable food source for humans and livestock. Trees also provide shelter and food for all kinds of wildlife, and many are used in traditional medicines and ceremonies.

August is a busy month in the garden

Bokbaaivygie Picture courtesy Maria KlangBokbaaivygie Picture courtesy Maria KlangWhat to do in your garden in August

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August may be a windy month, and can still get miserably cold, but it is also the month when you really start reaping the rewards of your carefully planned winter and spring flower garden; and as the month progresses the displays will just get better and better - banishing even the worst of the winter-blues.

Because August is known as the windy month, ensure that all your standard plants and young trees are securely staked. There are many different types of tree stakes and ties, and different staking methods are used, depending on the size of the tree. Small trees can be secured to a wooden stake with a soft material like pantyhose or raffia, but larger trees will require very sturdy wooden or steel stakes and stronger ties. When securing your ties, ensure that they are not too tight, or they will damage the bark. Check the ties regularly during summer to ensure that they have not become too tight, causing damage to the trees.

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