The Gardener Magazine August 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.

South Africa
Lonehill Trading (PTY) LTD
SPECIAL: Save 20% on your subscription!
R 37
R 250R 200
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Never before have our gardens and homes been such an important part of our lives. The pandemic has changed us all, including our daily behaviour. Sometimes these changes have been forced upon us through lockdown, but mostly they are decisions made just to be safe and protect ourselves. These changes have seen a surge of home owners wandering into garden centres to become plant parents, to cover that bare bank, to dicky up the pots at the main entrance of their home or just to add a bit of colour to a garden bed that last received attention about a decade ago. All of us at The Gardener are, of course, delighted by this ‘new wave’ of gardeners, and it has certainly not been limited to the garden! I have…

2 min
play plants for topiarists

We picked three shrubs that will willingly allow you to shape and shear them into any form you fancy. Plant them, let them grow a bit, and then start guiding them into something individualistic – it is good therapy for the gardener! Chenopodium robertianum The berry saltbush, previously called Rhagodia hastata and later Einadia hastata, is one of the best and hardiest silver-leaved plants. This beautiful evergreen, with its silvery foliage sometimes tinged with rusty red and white stems, has become a very popular choice to use as low hedging plants for water-wise gardens as it can survive long periods of drought very successfully once established. It is well adapted to harsh climates, including coastal conditions, is a fast grower, and can be shaped into virtually any topiary form in a very…

2 min
garden galleria

Pots of pots Whether the woman in your life is a traditionalist or more Avant Garde, First Dutch Brands has a pot that will suit her and her gardening style. For the more traditional, the new range of terracotta pots will hit the brief, offering the classic appeal of terracotta without being boring. After all, a terracotta potis like a black dress – it goes with anything. Then there is the expansive new range of glazed pots in a variety of useful but beautiful shapes and sizes, and enough colours to match just about any room in your home. For more information see Think summer with Italian style The brand new De Luca eyewear collection has just been launched exclusively at Spec-Savers stores countrywide. The De Luca brand is about creating quality eyewear…

1 min
get more from metal

Buckets Galvanised metal buckets have so many uses around the home and garden, from mixing potting soil to carrying water to holding plant divisions until you’re ready to plant them, but we also love to use them in the garden as plant containers instead of traditional pots. The galvanised zinc finish comes in three different sizes (4.5L, 6L and 10L), while the smaller, more decorative ones are available in five standout colours (black, white, natural zinc, green and yellow). Watering cans Brackets In small spaces it is a great idea to move your garden vertical, using pots to make more growing space, and pots work wonders in jazzing up a big empty wall on patios and verandas. An easy and effective way to do this is by using standard pots and mounting them using pot…

4 min
game, set and match

IN BRIEF: Where: Bedfordview, Johannesburg Size of garden: An old tennis court, approximately 700m² set within an acre of well-established garden. Style of garden: Structured design with informal planting much in the style of Beth Chatto. An eclectic mix of exotic and indigenous plants chosen for their waterwise capabilities. Landscaper: The Naked Gardener, Arthur Mennigke. THE DESIGN Arthur Mennigke, A.K.A. the Naked Gardener, has been involved with this Bedfordview garden for years, advising the owners on new projec ts and helping them transform it into a more bird friendly and water-wise sp ace. About a year back, when the three of them were chatting in the garden, Arthur, with his tongue firmly in his cheek, suggested that they turn the tennis court into a garden. To his surprise, they agreed. The owners left the design mos tly…

3 min
a reason to wax lyrical!

Two species that are indigenous to the semi-arid regions of Western Australia have become the plant parents of magnificent hybrids of flowering shrubs supplying cut flowers that are loved and valued the world over. They are Chamelaucium uncinatum(Geraldton wax) and Chamelaucium megalopetalum (large wax flower). They are members of the Myrtaceae family, in which the well-loved bottle brushes, tea bushes and other melaleucas also find themselves. Whereas the species, with their hues of pink, white and purple flowers, require a Mediterranean type of climate with dry, hot summers and well-draining, relatively poor sandy soil, the modern hybrids sport a wider colour range and different flower shapes, and are also more tolerant of other climates. They are even frost-hardy and can cope with temperatures of down to -2°C, although in frosty climes…