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The Gardener Magazine July 2020

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.

South Africa
Lonehill Trading (PTY) LTD
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

I write this letter to you on the coldest night of the year so far. Snow has fallen in the Eastern Cape, in Clarens, on the mountains around Ceres, and Sutherland is reminding us that it is one of the coldest places in our country. Winter is here, and I do hope that you are snug and warm and that so too are your frost-tender plants. I hope they have been wrapped up in frost guard and are protected from the chills! Somedays during this altered state of living I wish that I could simply wrap myself up and ignore the world, the hard decisions, the everchanging landscape that we are dealt with daily. I am missing my team so much. I miss their energy, the office banter, popcorn at…

1 min.
two springboks and a wallaby!

Two beautiful hybrids have been developed from two endemic genera in the fynbos family, as well as one from a genus endemic to Western Australia. We kept our ears to the ground and can report that these beauties have been growing like blazes during lockdown and are now available to the public. They require full sun, occasional watering once established, well-drained soil, enough space to grow, and no ‘social distancing’ from you. Chamelaucium (waxflower) Waxflowers hail from Australia and are fast-growing, very tough, evergreen shrubs with aromatic needlelike foliage. Tall stems produce a mass of waxy small flowers with a subtle honey scent. A gorgeous hybrid bred from Chamelaucium megalopetalum called ‘Morning Delight’ caught our eye. Stunning white flowers with a tinge of pink are borne from late winter to spring – long-lasting…

5 min.
tunzini… paradise found

IN BRIEF What: Private garden Where: Krantzkloof, Natal Size: 2 acres Climate: Warm and humid Owners: Peter & Brigid Turner When Peter and Brigid Turner went hunting for their first property some 36 years ago, it was Peter’s passion for birds and interest in ecology and biodiversity that set the parameters for the search. They wanted land with natural vegetation and, if possible, a stream. They found their perfect spot in Forest Hills, KwaZulu-Natal, not far from the magnificent Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. The land consisted of a strip of natural grassland with scattered bush clumps on a gentle slope that became steeper and descended to a beautiful natural stream that feeds into the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. Added to this was a distant but uninterrupted view of the ocean. Brigid’s father is an architect and designed a home from…

2 min.
take pavers out of the box

There is likely no element of your garden that visitors will interact more with than pavers. They provide the first impression to your home as a front path, lead people around your carefully curated garden, and surround seating areas that bring people together for afternoon tea or your Friday night braai. Most importantly, they stop people from crushing your groundcover or ruining your grass, so they should be given high priority. Here are a few tips to make your pavers shine. Bring out your inner artist Even the most creative of gardens can be dulled down by a boring pathway. Pavers are your chance to add some extra flare that can’t be achieved with plants alone. Play around with patterns to add some unpredictability, or mix up shape combinations in different areas…

1 min.
pastel pot

Gather together • Container• 1 sachet water-retaining crystals like EXLGel• Potting soil• Handful organic fertiliser pellets• Handful bonemeal or superphosphate• Gravel for drainage• 1 x pelargonium red and white (Pelargonium ‘Villetta Red White’)• 1 x pelargonium pink (Pelargonium ‘Tacari Pink’)• 1 x verbena (Verbena ‘Obsession Twister Purple’)• 1 x calibrachoa (Calibrachoa ‘Colibri Cherry Lace’) Do this • Add the sachet of water-retaining crystals to potting soil, then add the organic fertiliser and bonemeal, and mix well.• Add a layer of gravel to the pot and half fill the pot with potting soil.• Set the pelargoniums towards the back of the pot and fill in the front with the verbena and calibrachoa, facing the plants to the side to give a cascading effect. Fill in the gaps with potting mix.• Water well and find…

1 min.
prime petunias!

Petunias don’t have a specific season and can actually be planted all year round. But it is in the cold and dry late winter months, when we are so desperate for cheerful colour, that their happy, flowering faces bring comfort and are unblemished by heavy spells of summer rain or extreme heat. Winter is traditionally also the time to replant our window boxes, hanging baskets and pots to be in full bloom for spring. It would be hard to find better plants than the fantastic new varieties of petunias bred especially for these uses! The ‘obsolete’ versus the new? The petunia world is an everchanging one with new ranges appearing every year. Since the petunias that we plant are garden hybrids, it means that they are in fact ‘man-made’ flowers, which are being…