The Gardener Magazine September 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
R 37
R 250
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

I feel like this has been the longest winter ever. So I know we gardeners are a bit like farmers – it’s either too wet or too dry and the temperatures are never perfect, but geez folks, it has been cold! Even in our normally mild Assagay valley, there has been frost several weeks in a row. My lawn has never looked this cold before, and I can’t wait to feel the warmth of the sun and enjoy the longer days that lie ahead. It’s been a rough few weeks for our Lonehill and extended Family. The lockdown once again tested our spirits and our ability to operate remotely, but the team stood firm and together, as always, and once again we are semi back to normal. But then again, what…

2 min
embrace ericas…

Songs have been written about ericas, or Cape heath as they are also commonly known, and in springtime the road verges and mountain slopes of the Western Cape are ablaze with colour, when many of the species in this, the largest genus of fynbos, is in flower. Their perfectly crafted bell flowers are so alluring and in such abundance that you can be tempted to pick some to take home. This, of course, is highly illegal and can result in huge fines! So the best thing is to plant some plants in your own garden or in pots to enjoy and pick from with a clean conscience. Many of the most spectacular species are produced to perfection by local growers, and they offer good advice to grow them successfully. This includes…

5 min
on childhood memories

Faye Fenn’s dream was to be enveloped in childhood memories. Growing up in the Cotswolds surrounded by English countryside gardens full of gentle flowers, peaking into the seasons, she longed to replicate this around her newly built townhouse. Her dream became a reality, based on a well-thought-out plan that was expertly executed with some clever planting. The greatest challenge in Faye’s quest for the garden of her dreams was the steep slope leading from her home down to the street, as well as a mound of soil left after her new home was built. She turned to her friend and long-standing landscaper, Ashleigh Clare from GardenHeart, for assistance, a plan was drawn up and the work started. After three months, Faye was left with a terraced wonderland, filled with garden rooms that…

4 min
30 year celebration

1991 Trees for Africa (TFA) was founded as a Voluntary Association by Jeunesse Park in November 1991. Recognising a need for action in the face of (what was then called) global warming, Ms Park began fundraising to plant trees in schools in Johannesburg. In a pre-democratic South Africa, tree planting was not recognised as an important issue but with vision and tenacity, Ms Park started our mission with the following core objectives: • To contribute to food security, greening, natural resource management and sustainable business.• Education and training of learners, teachers and communities within historically disadvantaged communities of Southern Africa.• Promotion of environmental activities, within all sectors of society.• Promotion of sustainable economic development, improved environments, and enhanced livelihoods.• Building capacity and skills within agriculture, urban forestry and climate change adaptation. And so the…

27 min
101 spring tips

1 Creative succulents Create stunning containers by mixing succulents with different textures, colours and shapes. These fleshy plants are tough and like a sunny spot with minimum watering. Shallow pots like bonsai pots make useful containers for succulents. 2 Indoor leaf décor Bring natural décor indoors with striking plants with bold leaves. Calatheas fit the bill in spades. These beauties will thrive in bright indirect sunlight and will even take a bit of low light. Water every 1 - 2 weeks, depending on the position in the home, and allow to dry out just a little between waterings. They like high humidity, so mist regularly in drier areas. 3 Sow strawberries Brand new! MayFord Seeds brings you a first in South Africa – strawberry seeds! And not just any strawberry: this is a high-quality, world-class…

1 min
flower power on high

Hanging baskets are a vital part of spring and summer garden and home décor, be it for herbs, veggies, ornamentals, cascading foliage plants or even an artistic display of succulents. We love using wire baskets with a coconut fibre lining, which are light and stylish and do the job perfectly. The coconut fibre lining is vital: it holds the potting medium in place, it helps to retain moisture without making the soil waterlogged, and it allows the plants' roots to breathe. The baskets from First Dutch Brands come in the standard 30cm size, which means that buying new liners is easy and doesn't involve cutting anything to fit. Hanging baskets need something to hang from, and First Dutch Brands has a variety of brackets and hooks built for this purpose, in basic…