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Conservatories & Outdoor Rooms

  • Posted: Jun 08, 2010
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Conservatories & Outdoor Rooms

People who have conservatories will tell you they can’t live without them. Humans love light and nature, that’s why conservatories are so desirable. Coupled with the opportunity to create a verdant garden inside and the attractions are pretty clear.

Conservatories come from colder climates, countries with short, cold days in winter and long, marginally warmer days in summer. So the original conservatory was designed to protect frost-averse plants and people. In the frost-free Cape and altogether more tropical Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, uses for conservatories differ somewhat. Yes, they can still harbour lush displays of plants, but they are equally likely to be places to dine, swim or simply lounge.

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A place in the shade

  • Posted: Mar 17, 2010
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A place in the shade

Gardening in the shade need not be difficult; the key is to know your plants’ requirements. Although it might sound like I am stating the obvious, it is essential to choose shade loving plants – forest dwellers or those that occur naturally in shady bush clumps. Too often people choose a plant because of its lovely flowers but fail to investigate what it needs; they plant it in too shady a spot and then simply hope for the best.A good nurseryman will always supply the information that will ensure you give a plant the best chance of flourishing.

Descriptions of some of my favourite shade lovers follow below, but first consider what is causing the shade in which you are going to plant… The area under camphor trees, conifers and privets is not kind to plants. These are greedy trees, grabbing the water and nutrients in the soil and surrounding area, leaving a shaded desert in which little can grow and thrive. A few straggling plants struggling to survive is not what you want in your beautiful wildlife friendly garden. My advice is invariably to remove these offending exotic water guzzlers.

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Gardening trends 2010

  • Posted: Jan 08, 2010
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Gardening trends 2010

What will your garden add to your home during the next year?

2010 is going to be a big year for South Africa, especially with us hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup. This has made it essential for home and hotel / guest house owners to rethink the quality of their accommodation and also the state of their gardens. As with anything else in the world, gardening has also become an international industry that needs annual growth to ensure development of this important decorative aspect found at homes across the globe.

A beautiful garden also adds a lot of value to your property – especially when you are planning on selling, as most people want and appreciate a well established garden. But which plants will be popular in 2010 and which colours will decorate our sunny country when we play host to the rest of the world? I decided to get the experts to answer a few questions in order to establish the trends for the gardening industry during the next year.

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