Expert tips on growing Pincushions successfully

The brightly coloured flower heads of pincushions (Leucospermum) provide gorgeous splashes of colour in the late Winter and Spring garden. Varieties differ in shape and size, and are available in a variety of warm colours. Not only do they provide a pretty show in the garden, they also make distinctive and long-lasting cut flowers, AND attract birds to the garden! They perform best in a sunny and airy position in the garden, with well-drained soil. Ask for Arnelia Premium potting mix when you visit Cape Garden. This mixture provides the ideal growing medium for your pincushion. Remember to water your newly purchased pincushion regularly until the plant is fully established. MORE TIPS: What's

Plant HERBS for you...and the bees!

DID YOU KNOW: Honeybees are the most important pollinators of food crops in the world! An estimated one third of the food we eat on a daily basis are dependent on pollinators – mainly by bees. But as important as these small, winged friends are, their numbers unfortunately keep on dwindling - mostly due to a lack of flowering plants in our gardens. WHAT YOU CAN DO: You can encourage bees to your garden (even if it is just a garden in pots), in a few ways, one of which includes planting bee-attracting herbs. This list includes: Sweet basil, bergamot, catmint, French thyme, lemon balm, borage, mint, cotton lavender and lavender. HERE'S AN IDEA: Prepare a small herb garden, preferably as close

TIPS for the month of AUGUST

August is a cold one in the garden! Although there are days when you will doubt it, Spring is on its way! The weather will soon begin to warm and the shadows will get shorter. In the meanwhile, keep a close eye on invading snails and weeds this month; and if you haven't pruned your roses yet, don't worry - it's not too late! SNAILS: Snails and slugs are especially active during damp spells. So make sure you keep an eye out this month for any signs of snail or slug damage on your plants. For gardeners who care about the environment and animals, Ferramol from Biogrow can be used with a clear conscience to control these garden trouble makers! This certified organic product is a unique blend of

Camellia: Planting & Care

Camellias are at their most beautiful this month and the temptation to take one home is not easy to resist! So....you eventually succumbed to the temptation: ...You bought yourself a beautiful (full in flower) Camellia, but now not entirely sure how to look after it? Well, it’s important to know that Camellias flourish in rich, well-drained soils with a slightly acidic pH value. They prefer to be planted in dappled shade or in a south-facing position. PLANTING: Plant your Camellia directly in the soil or it can also be grown successfully in pots – where the acidity of the soil is also easier to control. Firstly, dig a nice deep, square hole and add a bag of acidic compost and a handful of bo

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