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Good day Greener Tidings Gardeners,

November in the Garden

Summer’s all about colour… Everywhere! The all-time favourites are in full bloom and you need more of them. The best news is the availability of modern varieties of many perennials and edibles which can be planted and enjoyed in the smallest of spaces. You can also plant future health today!

Petite, but powerfull

The new-age dwarf Inca lilies are magnificent for the garden and suitable to grow in containers too, as they reach a height of only 30-35cm. They flower profusely from spring to autumn and can be found in a wide range of bright colours. These shorty’s can, just like their taller family members, be picked as long-lasting cut flowers.   

Growth in a nutshell

• Good for sun or light shade.
• Plant in well-aerated soil, enriched with compost.
• Water and feed regularly in the summer months with Vigorosa 5:1:5

Queen Hydrangea

Brighten up shady areas with glorious hydrangeas, which are now available in flower. Colour in between them with impatiens, begonias and coleus.

Remember that: Hydrangeas love dappled shade, well-aerated soil and lots of water. If you want to grow them in pots, place them on the Southern side of the house for early morning sun and afternoon shade. They need to be fed monthly from August to March with Vigorosa or our specific Hydrange food for blue flowers


Bedding besties for hot months

If you are looking for lovely summer colour to plant now, go for vincas (Catharanthus roseus). Intensive breeding has resulted in compact, bushy plants with a long flowering period, including a colour range of pinks, reds and white

Vincas need
• Full sun all day long;
• very well-drained soil and lots of compost;
• correct spacing – plant them 20cm apart to allow good air circulation (this will prevent stem or root rot);  
• medium to low watering once established

Good colour companions for vincas are salvias, marigolds, verbenas, angelonias and zinnias.


Rosecare for November

Recharge your roses after their October flower flush with a specific rose fertiliser like Rose 8:1:5. Check the mulch around plants and renew it if necessary to keep the roots cool and moist. Water at least three times per week and spray fortnightly with a combination rose spray to deter pests. 

Find good health in fennel

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) hails from the Mediterranean regions where it grows naturally along the coast and dry rocky outcrops – a very attractive herbal plant which needs little else than lots of sun and ordinary garden soil. A cousin, known as bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Rubrum Purpureum’), is an even prettier foliage plant, often grown amongst other perennials in a flower border. Apart from its natural good looks, fennel is prized for its culinary and medicinal values. The ferny leaves and copious seed produced in umbels of dainty yellow flowerheads are very aromatic, lending a subtle anise flavour to fish, chicken and veggie dishes, and they can also be used to bathe sore eyes as well as to soothe indigestion and nausea.
While fennel flowers are irresistible to butterflies, they can also be used to attract aphids away from other susceptible plants. In the flower garden they are perfect companions for sun-lovers like dahlias, salvias, zinnias, cosmos and gauras. 


Renovate lawn in the shade

It is not uncommon for 25-40% of lawn to be covered in partial or deep shade – not ideal situations for sun-loving lawns! If shade is extreme, try to eliminate some of it by trimming low and overhanging branches of trees, or replace the lawn with shade-loving groundcovers. The other option is to use grass mixtures/blends which are capable of withstanding shade by over-seeding the existing lawn with it eg Shady mix


Prune a bit

• Fynbos like leucospermums, ericas, and proteas can be pruned after flowering. Also prune confetti bushes quite hard to promote bushy growth.
• Stop lavenders like Lavandula stoechas from becoming woody by pruning them just after a flowering spell – this will keep them healthy and around for longer. Prune about two thirds of the growth away, and never into old wood.


To do......


Plant much more… Lavenders, cupheas, gauras, and angelonias and you simply cannot forget about all the agapanthus hybrids which will be in flower and in stock now.

Eat your flowers – nothing makes a summer salad look prettier than garden flowers scattered over it – it’s high fashion too! So, add some begonias, daylilies, hibiscus, borage and pineapple sage to your garden for culinary use.

You can feed yourself royally by gardening in containers only. Plant blueberries, strawberries and Cape gooseberries in large pots.

Going to the coast soon? Weed all beds, feed with a general fertiliser 2:3:2, water well afterwards and mulch – this will keep your garden safe until your return. Check that your irrigation system is working perfectly and covering all areas, provided that your water restrictions allow for this.

Acid loving hydrangeas, gardenias and fuchsias are at their best now. If not, feed the plants with an acidic fertilizer and mulch around the base with bark chips.

Check for whitefly – they love the heat of summer and when spraying, take care to reach all parts of the plant as the little flies sit underneath the leaves. Most effective to spray with is PLANT CARE

If potted plants are sagging, it could be a drainage problem. Lift them onto ‘pot feet’ or old bricks to ensure that drainage holes remain functional. Water plants that are under the roof overhang of buildings. While it is wet outside, they can die from drought!

Woe on the beetles – It is not difficult to miss the yellow and black beetles which will devour flowers with ease in a day. These pests are either the CMR beetle or the fruit chafer (bigger and nastier!). You might see your rose leaves have been devoured overnight by the little Christmas beetles – spray your plants every 3-4 weeks with Malathion.  

When you are visiting us again, remember to ask for our latest organic range of fertilizers and pesticides – these may be a little pricier than the chemical range but you will be doing your bit for the environment!


Happy Gardening!