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Sexy Hibiscus

Patio Hibiscus are available in stunning coloursSummer gardens often look dull after the spring flush when so many shrubs flower at the same time. Look for summer flowering plants to lift the pallet. Hibiscus has had a makeover for the modern garden and the new Patio Hibiscus is well worth considering. Bred to be more compact and for longer lasting flowers makes them a great option for container gardeners.

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Water Wise roses

Sheila Perfume a great Cut Flower roseRoses 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.

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Grow your own lemon tree

Lemon Eureka is the most popularLemons 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.

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Create a herb pyramid

A easy DIY project for a morning in the gardenWe 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.

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