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Summer Garden Favourites

Agapanthus Black PanthaThe water restrictions and lack of rain flowed by the heavy rains and localised flooding has certainly been a challenge to many gardeners this year. Water shortages continue to be a reality and will likely become the norm as failing infrastructure and lack of investment into it by the council along with more homes in the area will mean even more pressure on water supply. Gardeners will always find a way to garden and one has to look after your investment into your property.

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.

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.

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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