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The Gardener Magazine

May 2019

The Gardener is a monthly, national magazine dedicated to inspiring gardeners, providing practical advice and showing step-by-step garden projects. Our monthly features include garden design, in-depth plant features, growing vegetables and herbs, water gardening, garden wildlife and pets, specialist plant articles and much more. We have an extensive database on our website that is growing daily.

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Lonehill Trading (PTY) LTD
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12 Issues


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50 Sheds of Grey is one of my all-time favourite turn-to books when I need a smile, or hope to get a smile from a relatively conservative audience. As much as they try they can’t help but smile, or simply give a nudge to their bestie sitting next to them. Actually, they usually turn really nervously to their friend in the hope that they are smiling. Then, tension broken, they silently acknowledge that’s it ok to be a bit naughty!This little book was, of course, inspired by the best-selling smut book Fifty Shades of Grey… Need I say more? If you haven’t read the book or books, give them a skip and go straight to 50 Sheds – it’s a way better read!But back to gardening – a popular favourite…

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the gardener

Publisher Lonehill Trading (Pty) LtdEditor Tanya VisserAssistant Editor Anna CelliersManaging Editor (Editorial enquiries)Wendy Moultonwendy@thegardener.co.zaAssistant to the EditorCindy May Wang 031 003 0940Copy Editor Stephen SmithDesignGillian O’Donoghue, Vincent GoodePhotography Tamlyn RedmanDIY Expert Garth DemmerDigital Platforms ManagerStephani GreenAdvertisingJonathan Gouws 076 453 5971jonathan@thegardener.co.zaGreg Steyn 083 225 3574greg@thegardener.co.zaOffice Administrator (Enquiries)Nokuthula Zuma 031 003 0940nokuthula@thegardener.co.zaTeam AssistantKelsey BonnetThe Garden Show Adele de Welzen info@thegardenshow.co.zaEditorial contributorsAlice Spenser-Higgs, Anna Celliers, Gerald Schofield, Graham Duncan, Ilona Thorndyke, Ludwig Taschner, Madison Moulton, Stephen Smith, Tanya Visser, Wendy MoultonEditorial Head Office64 Old Main Road, Botha’s HillPO Box 184, Botha’s Hill, 3660Telephone 031 003 0940Telefax 086 758 3105Email info@thegardener.co.za…

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mother’s day

Take the predictable out of Mother’s DayShe only gets one day a year, so make Mother’s Day special. Forget chocolates and toiletries – rather get something that she can use every day in her garden. The Stihl HSA 25 cordless shrub shears have an uninterrupted running time of over 90 minutes, which is quite enough for most urban gardens. These go-anywhere shears are quiet and quick, with two low-vibration reciprocating blades that provide a double-punch slicing action of around 2000 double strokes a minute, easily and effortlessly slicing through stems up to 8mm thick, so no more aches and pains after pruning and trimming. The HSA 25 also comes with a shrub cutter attachment and a grass trimmer for edging. Get her 100% convenience in one package for a beautiful…

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a trinity of trachelospermums

Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Summer Sunset’This is a slow-growing climber with wiry stems adorned with golden foliage with dark green margins. The new growth emerges in rich orange or bronze hues, hence the name ‘Summer Sunset’. As the leaves develop and mature their colour changes to the typical variegated form. Flowers are seldom produced, but if they appear they are small and pale creamy yellow, and arrive in late spring. Like the flowers of all trachelospermums they are fragrant and add to the atmosphere of the garden. This is a good container plant for sun or shade and is useful for cascading over walls and down banks. It is hardy to moderate frost in winter.Trachelospermum jasminoidesThe common star jasmine is cultivated throughout the country. Lush leathery green leaves on a robust evergreen…

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grow you air clean!

WHY WE NEED INDOOR PLANTSAs you may have noticed when strolling through interior shops lately, nature is a huge 2019 design trend. Increased interest in biophilia – the tendency of humans to seek connections with nature – has resulted in a wave of organic design elements appearing in shops across the country. A vital part of this trend is indoor plants, and for good reason. The science behind indoor plants shows how living decor can greatly benefit your mental health and wellbeing.SpathiphyllumPhilodendron ‘Lemon Lime’Scindapsus aureusAsplenium nidusFicus elasticaFittoniaOrchid spThe benefitsAir qualityIn an industrialised world, completely clean air is becoming a luxury. Indoor plants assist in removing from the air toxins related to air pollution, paints or cleaning products. Volatile organic compounds (or VOC’s) can reach a concentration up to 10 times…

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10 fun garden ideas to try this year

“In terms of design, there are no strict gardening rules”1. Decorate your outdoor spaces as you would indoorsAlthough the typical garden saying is ‘bring the outdoors in’, the reverse can also be true. Using indoor design elements like tiles, soft furnishings and furniture in outdoor spaces can create a harmony and flow between the two areas while creating the illusion of a bigger living space. If you’re after the idea of living in nature, combining plants indoors and furnishings outdoors provides the perfect balance.2. Make your garden melodiousThe occasional sounds of birds and a rustle of leaves can cause an instant sigh of relief and relaxation. You can make this feeling a permanent feature in your garden by adding running water. Instead of the typical water fountain or pond, be…