Garden tips for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day draws closer, love is in the air – also for South Africa’s gardeners. Why not transcend the clichés of candlelit restaurant dinners and venture into your beautiful,…

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7 steps to happy roses

7 steps to Happy Roses

Roses produce their first spring flush in October. If you plant them now, they’ll have plenty of time (and rain) to settle into your garden nicely before their October bloom.

Here are 7 simple steps to growing roses successfully :

  • Grow roses in an open, sunny position and space them far enough apart to ensure good airflow. This will help to guard against fungal diseases like black spot, mildew and rust.
  • Choose disease-resistant rose varieties like ‘South Africa’, “Esther Geldenhuys’, ‘Clocolan’, ‘Walter Sisulu’, ‘Perfume Passion’, as well as the Sunsation and Profusion ranges.
  • Interplant roses with strong smelling herbs to help deter insect pests. Try mint, basil, buchu, lavender, lemongrass, chives and garlic. (more…)

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The South African rose calendar

Our expert team has compiled your essential monthly to-do list, tailored to roses in the South African climate, to make sure your roses flourish, blossom and bloom. Read on for…

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Know your roses: The basics

Have you always admired a beautiful, flourishing rose garden, but never thought you could quite achieve it yourself? Our experts have compiled these useful tips to help you on your…

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3 steps for water wise gardening

Step One: Get water to your plants Use water wisely by getting the water directly to the plants, where they need it.  Watering cans are perfect for this as you…

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Gardening resolutions

Often we make resolutions that are too difficult to stick to. So this year, why not commit to these simple gardening resolutions? They're all about creating new, good habits and…

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Rosemary is one of the easiest herbs to grow. It is incredibly hardy and will thrive as long as you plant it in a sunny spot where the soil drains well. In fact, the Latin generic name Rosmarinus means “dew of the sea” due to the fact that it often grows along the coast.

Planting Tips :

  • Rosemary is best grown from an existing plant, as seeds can be tricky to germinate. We have a wide range of rosemary plants on offer at our three branches in Bellville, Kenilworth and Milnerton.
  • Rosemary needs three essentials to thrive: sunlight, well-draining soil and sufficient air circulation. So make sure you choose a sunny spot where it has space to grow. (more…)

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Adding elegance to your garden

Adding Elegance to your Garden

May is the ideal time of year to plant roses. The rose shrubs have enough time to establish themselves in the autumn months and, once spring arrives, they will grow with new vigour to produce a colourful display in Summer.

Location is very important when planting roses. Choose an area that gets at least six hours of full sun every day. Take care not to plant roses too close to other trees, as the roots of the trees are likely to spread out and leach the soil of nutrients meant for the roses.

When removing old rose bushes that have passed their prime, remember to replace the soil before planting the new roses. The old soil will have virtually none of the nutrients needed to help the new rose shrub flourish. (more…)

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The secret to breathtaking roses

The Secret to breathtaking Roses

Roses really come into their own this month. After pruning in July and rain during the winter months, roses produce some of their best blooms in October while the weather is still mild and the soil is moist. Here are a few pointers to help you get new roses settled in your garden this month.

Planting tips :

  • Before planting your new roses place them in their bags in the positions which you have planned for them in the garden. This will give you the chance to see how the colour combinations work and whether they are receiving enough light. Remember to keep them well watered while they are in their bags, as they will dry out quickly.
  • Check the labels on the plants to determine what the final height of the mature bushes will be. This will allow you to plant them in an appropriate area (for example, at the back or middle of a garden bed).
  • If you plant roses in containers, make sure they have a diameter of at least 35cm and add plenty of moisture retaining granules to the potting soil.
  • Plant your roses at the same depth as they were in the black bag in which you purchased them.


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How to prune your roses

When should you prune your Roses? The best time to prune roses, to encourage rejuvenation and make sure the roses stay healthy,  is from mid-July to mid-August. Why does one…

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