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How to grow a pineapple

This summer try growing a pineapple. Pineapples are part of the bromeliad family so naturally they will grow well in warmer weather. They grow extremely well in sub-tropical and tropical climates and look striking potted up in large pots. A real statement for patios and a talking piece when the pineapples start to appear.  To start the process, buy a ... Read More »

How to grow, plant and fertilise mangoes

One of the first fruits which come to mind when we think of summer is the fleshy, juicy mango with its golden sunny flesh tempting us. If you have a little room in your back garden, you won’t be disappointed planting one of these divine trees and raiding its offerings. Planting Plant young mango trees in a sunny position in the garden, where there is ... Read More »

Best plants to bring birds to your garden

Without a doubt, the addition of animal life to the garden is a welcome sight for all age groups. One group of living creatures that are always welcomed, no matter the time of year, are birds. We are blessed to have a rich assortment of birdlife in this country that have the opportunity to visit our gardens. However with constant ... Read More »

Spring garden pests to control

After being dormant in winter, many garden pests and bugs are on the move in spring. Here are six common garden pests to control.  Bronze orange bug Watch out for these brightly coloured orange bugs on citrus trees and flowers. They suck the sap from young stems and damage new growth. They give off a bad smelling substance when threatened so ... Read More »

Iris plants for any garden type

Iris have managed to equally capture the imaginations of artists, authors, poets and garden lovers on a global scale. The large variety available make Irises adaptable to suit different garden and pond planting situations.   Iris originate primarily from the northern hemisphere from Europe, Asia and into North America. Apart from the many hundreds of hybrid cultivars of bearded and Louisiana iris ... Read More »

Small trees in small gardens

As suburban gardens become increasingly smaller with each passing year, it can become difficult to choose small trees to fit into these smaller gardens, with many people even opting out of the opportunity. Even if your garden’s restricted size may dictate to grow a minimal selection of plants, planting a small tree as a focal feature or element of shade should ... Read More »

Growing Mulberries

It is such one of life’s simple pleasures to walk about in your garden in the warmer months and notice rich juicy berries ready for picking. For most the temptation is too great and they are consumed right there and then. Mulberries will be forming on their trees soon. Unlike raspberries and boysenberries which prefer a cool climate, mulberries are ... Read More »

Mandevilla – Large flower plant climber

Have you ever wished you could ‘splash’ colourful flowers all over your garden, as if with a magical paintbrush? Mandevillas can do just that, providing bold, tropical colour and looking fabulous for most of the year with minimal effort. Mandevilla (sometimes called Dipladenia) is a lush, tropical climber that flowers flamboyantly all year round In warmer climates. Hardy and versatile, ... Read More »

Shade Loving Clivias

This hardy perennial brings a lush, tropical look to the garden all year round with its lush, strappy foliage and bold coloured blooms and needs little care once established. Clivias are excellent for growing in dry shade such as under the canopy of a leafy tree. They look spectacular planted en masse, especially when in flower. They also tolerate root ... Read More »

How to control common Winter weeds

Most lawn weeds begin their germination and growth in winter, especially bindii, clovers and broad leaf weeds, so this is the perfect time to commence an eradication program for a weed free lawn through the spring and summer seasons. STEP 1. Winter lawn growth is slow in Winter so you can afford to keep the lawn longer to keep out ... Read More »