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Here you will find links to articles about gardening with indigenous plants and different aspects about indigenous plants.

Butterfly friendly Gardening

The Garden Commodore or Garden Inspector (Precis archesia archesia) is a common garden butterfly in Gauteng. There are two colour forms, the dry season form pictured here, and a wet season form pictured below. Most gardeners enjoy having butterflies in their garden....

Maintaining your indigenous garden

1. Watering. When first planted, you need to water your garden well every 1 to 3 days, depending on the weather. In hot, dry or windy weather you may need to water every day. Rather water well less frequently than poorly more frequently. Before...

Converting an exotic garden to an indigenous garden

A garden that was purely exotic but transformed into a predominantly indigenous garden. The large trees and some of the larger shrubs have not been replaced (yet). Perhaps you, like many gardeners, want to change your garden from being predominantly exotic to...

Organic insecticide recipe

Here is a recipe for an organic insecticide that we have used with some success in the nursery to control Amaryllis as well psyllids (that cause those unsightly ‘bubbles’ in the leaves of many plants, notably citrus, Erythrina (Corral Trees) and Hypoestis...

5 Indigenous herbal garden plants

This article comes with a warning. Please do not use any plant as either food or medicine unless you are certain of the plant’s identity and know how to use it. This article is meant for general interest only and is not a guide on how to use the plants for...

Combretum kraussii

Combretum kraussii (Forest Bushwillow) is a shapely, small to medium tree. These trees turn bright red to purple in autumn and winter. Fast growing, they are ideal shade trees for even townhouse gardens.   Family:               COMBRETACEAE        (Bushwillow Family)...