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Natures Planting Time

This is the time of the year when nature is very busy. Itís all part of natures planting time when the trees tell us what to do. Deciduous trees start with the fall to naturally mulch the soil which will help with moisture retention in the dryer winter months and they also know that the light is weaker so they fall to let the light into the garden. The falling leaves also cover the seeds that are falling this time of the year and also to provide warmth and shelter for the garden insects and wild life.

In your garden autumn is one of the natures best planting times especially for trees and shrubs as roots tend to settle well before the winter months arrive. Young roots grow in winter even if it looks like they are standing still; autumn planted plants outperform spring planted ones within a summer season. It is also the time of the year when there is so much to choose from to plant and update your look before winter from bulbs, seeds, bedding plants and more.

Attract Honey Birds

Tecomaria an indigenous shrub from the cape also known as Cape Honeysuckle has dark green shiny leaves and bright flowers. Often used for hedging, as it is a scrambling shrub they flower in autumn on mass and attract the beautiful little honey birds into the garden. Flower colour ranges from our favourite yellow to orange, orange-red and apricot. In cold areas young plants should be protected from direct frost. The Cape Honeysuckle can be planted in semi-shade to full sun. To keep this shrub clean and tidy, it must be pruned back in spring to promote new growth and flowers.


The ever popular fragrant Sweetpeas can be sown now. They are super in full sun and will provide loads of fragrant cut flowers through winter. The more one picks the more they flower so itís a fun project for the kids or for granny. To grow the best Sweetpeas prepare the soil well as they are rather greedy! Add plenty of compost and bone meal to the soil and turn in to at least a spades depth and level out the soil. Press the seeds in about ten centimeters apart with your finger to about one centimeter deep. Sprinkle organic BioGanic over the top and water well. Once germinated feed them every week with Multifeed Flowergro for the best results.

Yellow gold

The golden yellow Acorus Grass is a wonderful perennial for sun to semi-shade. They add movement to a planting with their soft leaves that move in the wind. Growing about twenty centimeters high they stay in a clump and require very little attention but must be watered regularly to retain their lush appearance. There are two varieties on gold and one soft yellow, both equally as attractive. They are also known as an aquatic perennial as they will grow in water which is great for something different in ponds and fountains. They do not die down in wither like most other water plants.

Make sure they are in a large enough container in you water feature and that when you install them the water level must be the same as the soil level.

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