Roses are back in fashion. Not only because they are the most economical way to get colour in the garden for years to come but also because they are extremely water wise and hardy. October is rose month in Gauteng with gardens filled with the most perfect blooms. It always amazes us when we see the first flush, almost as if one forgets how spectacular your roses are.
Grow your own lemon tree
Lemons are the most popular of all the fruit trees that are sold in SA today. One of the most versatile fruit used by many almost every day, they are incredibly easy to grow, so we think every garden should have one. Being well suited to growing in containers they also work well on patios or balconies and as they are self pollinating you only need one tree to provide your own lemons.
Lemons set their fruit through early summer after a spring flowering and are ready to harvest from mid winter. They stay fresh on the tree for months which means that as they mature one can have a steady supply of fruit for most of the year.
Create a herb pyramid
We had fun planting up a herb pyramid pot as a DIY project here at Eckards. Herbs are particularly well suited to being container grown and this cool pyramid idea will add increase the number of herbs you can grow without taking up much space on a patio or balcony.
If you have the space why not plant up different ones? One for salads, one for cooking and one for fun! This project can easily be done in a morning and is so easy it can be a garden project for kids too.
Summer colour time
Come rain or shine nothing gets the garden looking better than a spot of colour. If you have a pot full of colour on the patio or at the front door it catches the eye and creates a happy spot which is easier to manage with a watering can and still look great. Not all bedding plants need a lot of water and here's our list of tough summer favourites.
Nothing quite compares to colour in the garden. Colour outside sets the mood similarly to how it would indoors and with clothing trends but with the big difference being that colour in the garden is alive! Flowers and foliage colour can add energy to a space and can also be used to calm an area down or to even make one feel cool and relaxed.
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