The Gardener Magazine January 2021

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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in this issue

3 min

You made it! Hip hip hooray! Yes, we have got through the dreadful past year and are eagerly awaiting a more positive, calm and ‘normal’ year ahead. I say it again, “WE HAVE MADE IT!” Pat yourself on the back, give yourself a high five and then take a very deep breath and just let it all out! We have all emerged on ‘the other side’ a little bruised and battered, but I firmly believe we are all a lot wiser as well as more grateful and humble. I know without a shadow of a doubt that COVID-19 has brought to light a few inner thoughts and behavioural changes within me. True story. I know it’s hard to believe that a Taurus can change, but I promise I have. Many of…

2 min
care about carex

We care about, and even adore, members of the Carex genus because they are like the cherries on every cake and the chips with every hamburger. Although they might not be the first must-have item on any plant list, they are the ones that finish off every planting scheme with muted grace and wonderful leaf textures. Some of the many species and varieties in this large genus, also known as sedges, have branching fibrous roots and dense crowns, and are useful for holding soil in place and reducing runoff, thus increasing the amount of rain water soaking into the soil. They also suppress weeds if planted in a mass. They are good alternatives to lawn grasses, lovely as bordering edges and look great in gravel gardens or in mixed containers.…

5 min
a sculpture in plants

When I first visited the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, set outside Stellenbosch, I didn’t know where I was going. I had just been invited to a function and was given an address. Little did I know that I was going to be treated to the artworks of one of South Africa’s most famous contemporary sculptors, or that the gardens themselves were an extension of his work. If you don’t know Dylan’s work, have a look on his website or Instagram feed to see the scope of his genius. He is widely regarded as one of the masters of the animal form, working predominantly in bronze and his wild cats in particular are something to behold. In recent years Dylan has been working predominantly on the human form. Ordinarily a gardener would take…

1 min
let your plants shine this summer

We often suggest planting bulbs, herbs, succulents and other plants in containers. Picking the perfect pot enables the plant to flourish and look its best. Capi Pots are a great option – they have an extensive catalogue of sizes and designs, they’re manufactured in the Netherlands to high standards, and there are options for indoors and out. A large majority of the range is light weight, despite being robust enough to stand up to the elements for many years. Planters Capi manufactures a huge range of planters, so there will definitely be one to fit the space and the plant that you have in mind. If you want something classic and rustic or modern and minimalist, short or tall, wide or narrow, textured or smooth, there is definitely something in the range for…

1 min
the great reset

The Great Reset is brought to you by STIHL, a company in the gardening industry at the top of its game, bringing satisfied customers innovative tools right on trend. STIHL is a family-owned company, founded by Andreas Stihl in Germany in 1926 and today headed by his grandson, Dr Nikolas Stihl. From the development of his first chainsaw in 1926, Andreas Stihl’s objective, ‘to ease people’s work with and in nature’, has remained a guiding principle and remains central to the STIHL ethos today. Innovative ideas, in-house know-how and meticulous craftsmanship have resulted in a broad and steadily expanding product portfolio of chainsaw and outdoor power equipment, propelling the company global. The STIHL Group develops, manufactures and sells a broad range of handheld petrol-powered, electric and cordless power tools for the forestry,…

9 min
celebrate the diversity of perennials

HIGH SUMMER BOLDNESS Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cabaret’ (maiden grass) ‘Cabaret’ forms a dense clump over 1m tall and about 2m wide. Its slender, ribbonshaped leaves have creamy white midriffs and very dark green edges. The reed-like flowering stems produce dark pink or coppery plumes in spring, which remain on the plant until late autumn, eventually fading to a creamy colour. Use it as a great accent plant – plant it in groups of 3 – 5 in the middle of a bed. Bracteantha bracteata(straw flower) The straw flower or everlasting went out of fashion for a few years, but it is back with a vengeance with the ‘Mohave’ range, consisting of a variety of iridescent colours. It offers a mounding growth habit and flowers from spring to autumn. Use it as gap fillers in the foreground. Salvia ‘Salmia’ ’Salmia’…