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Get Colour Crazy

Our most popular pansy - Yellow FaceIt's time to colour in for the new seasons ahead. By planting in mid autumn your Pansies, Primulas and more will have an advantage over later planted ones because the warmer weather will help them to grow bigger and then produce more flowers. Pansies are our most popular in South Africa for instant colour but don't forget things like Dianthus or Calendulas for just as pretty a display.

Did you know that one Pansy plant will have well over 600 flowers? No wonder we love them so much. Some new hybrids get over 800 flowers per plant over its lifetime.

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Get the food garden going

Plant some fast leaf crops nowThe summer veggies and herbs are fast finishing off at the moment. The cooler evenings are ideal for sowing some new root crops for a winter crop. The warm day will quickly establish leaf crops to be ready to munch in a few weeks. #GrowSumYum it’s time for beetroot, peas, lettuce and carrots to get into the ground.

The veggie garden also changes through autumn as the cool season plants go in and the last of the summer crop gets eaten. Keep the harvests coming into the kitchen by adding some family favourites now to harvest by mid June through to spring. If you don’t have a veggie garden, how about growing some yum in a few containers on the patio or on the balcony this winter?

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Fun with Kokodama

Kokodama styled hanging basketsKokedama's are the latest trend in creative indoor and patio gardening. Also called Japanese moss balls they originate in Japan and typically are used for a short period as decor before being replanted or changed out for a fresh look. For the less craft orientated gardener we have the new Kokodama styled hanging baskets for a modern day shortcut.

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Up the Garden Path

DIY your own water permeable living pathwayStand-on plants are the alternative to solid pathways and paved areas. Gardens need water to move into the soil and with solid paved areas the amount of water getting down to your trees and shrubs is restricted. Although not new plants, the concept of Stand-on plants are a selection of plants highlighted as being perfect to walk over and are ideal to grow between pavers and along walkways.

Low growing and fast spreading is the key to these plants, depending on the variety the more often you stand on them the more compact they grow.

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