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March in the Garden

It’s not really autumn in the garden yet, March in the garden is simply late summer with a ‘day-old beard growth’ – a lovely time of year when there is much to do and to plant in the garden…   

May the forest be with you!

A new trend is called “forest bathing”, and on March 21, (also Human Rights Day in our country), it’s International Day of the Forests too. ‘Forest bathing’ does not entail a tiring hike  through a huge plantation, and nor does it mean standing naked under a tree when it is raining, to save shower water… It means a little bit of quiet “me-time” in the company of green giants, to appreciate their huge value to our planet, and our mental health in general – being in the shade and protection of trees does seem to soothe anxiety!
It is therefore important that we do not allow trees to be chopped down right, left, and centre. It’s equally important that we take time to choose the appropriate tree for different situations, and to support all tree-planting initiatives in our communities. Trees are the green lungs of our urban areas and planting them is a symbol of love for future generations to come.

Smart planting – “The golden age”

You may have seen that metallic colours like rose gold and copper are still on-trend. Metallic décor and plants with golden foliage or bright variegation is still very ‘in’ – and they create lightness and bright accents in pots or in a garden.
Plant lots of dwarf Coprosma hybrids with their glowing foliage which will start intensifying as soon as it’s a little cooler. The foliage of a star jasmine called ‘Summer Sunset’ is coppery and gold, and the beautiful new cordyline varieties like ‘Torbay Dazzler’  are very ‘in’ too. Another glowing specimen to plant, is home grown Leucadendron ‘Red Devil’. All of these are great hardy plants!
We should be receiving stock of our Leucodendrons by the end of March

Bedding besties

March is too early for the traditional winter annuals, but a perfect time to plant the hardy and adaptable verbenas, lobelias, alyssums, dianthus and petunias (albeit only in summer rainfall areas). They will enjoy the last heat of summer, as well as cooler weather when autumn really arrives. 

Rose care – promote abundant leaf growth

Build healthy leaves by fertilising with a 8:1:5 ROSES this month. With lots of leaves, the process of photosynthesis remains in full swing, strengthening the plants’ stems for fast spring sprouting, and also to enable it to flower magnificently on new stems well into winter.

The cute factor

It is trendy to go for smart, large containers filled with pretty fruit trees like a calamondin orange, lemon tree, lime tree, or kumquat. Potted citrus trees can give you a harvest of fruit throughout winter. Finish off your potted fruit tree orchard with pretty companion plants like curled parsley, nasturtiums and dwarf marigolds. To keep them going – feed with Atlantics Fruit and Flower every 4 weeks!

Green lawn in winter

If you want a lawn that stays green for 365 days of the year, think out of the box – a box of lawn seed! Choose a cold-hardy lawn variety like Starke Ayres 4-Evergreen mix, which tolerates sun to light shade, or one which will cover bald spots in deep shade like Starke Ayres Shady mix.
These lawn seeds are not only handy to start a new lawn, but can also be used to overseed old, motley lawns that go dormant. The two grass types are compatible and blend seamlessly into each other.
Germination is as speedy as between 5–10 days, and if all goes according to plan, you can achieve reasonable coverage within 8 weeks, provided there is no foot traffic over it. Seed your grass today!

Trending: The social networking of plants

The idea behind this trend for 2018 is communities of plants which ‘network’ together, so natural prairie gardens with swathes of ornamental grasses and floriferous perennials are hot news! If you are still planting ‘one of a kind’, leaving large areas of soil unplanted, you will be creating a lot of maintenance for yourself. Rather pick a limited palette of adaptable plants, and send them to ground in numbers!

Recommended grasses: Fabulous fountain grasses include Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’, ‘Rubrum’ and ‘Vertigo’, Phormium varieties, Carex ‘Frosted Curls’,

Festuca ‘Silver Eye catch’ and also the pretty indigenous restios like Chondropetalum (Cape thatching reed). Perennials, especially those that flower well into autumn, are worth every cent. They supply lots of flowers for long periods without fuss and can be left to their own devices once planted. Do try some of these trouble-free perennials for all conditions and tastes:

Long-flowering; acanthus, salvias, diascia, gaura, and echinacea.
Drought resistant; lavenders, felicia, salvias and penstemon.
Evergreen; ajuga, dietes, chlorophytum, kniphofia, liriope and ophiopogon.


Bug watch

  • Italian cypress aphid – start treating conifers against this pest with Koinor or Cypermethrin as a soil drench.
  • Ants – drench with Kombat Ants and repeat every 4 weeks, or apply granular ant bait to eradicate the nest (the bait will be carried to the nest).
  • Termites – apply a Cypermethrin as a drench to control wood destroying termites or use a granular bait for harvester termites.

Cool season herbs to plant

  • Chives and garlic chives – grow in sun or partial shade. They also grow well in window boxes indoors, provided there is enough light.
  • Coriander – grows in light shade or indoors on a window sill.
  • Calendula – healing herb with pretty, edible flowers. Grow in full sun.
  • Rocket – the peppery leaves are rich in iron, chlorophyll and various vitamins. Grow outside in a sunny spot and even try it indoors on a sunny window sill.

Products to shop for now

• Be an early bird and start buying spring-flowering bulbs which are available from end of March. It’s still too early to plant them as the soil temperature needs to cool down some more.  
• Buy Iron Chelate to treat azaleas and gardenias that may be turning yellow and which need a pep up.
• Stock up on acidic fertiliser and acidic mulch (bark nuggets or chips) to feed azaleas, camellias, brunfelsias and gardenias before winter.    

What to do now:

Sow sweet peas, poppies, primula, foxgloves, hollyhocks and larkspur. Follow the instructions on the seed packet closely.


  • Dig and prepare planting holes for new deciduous fruit trees
  • If you notice that water is simply running off the surface, leaving the soil beneath bone dry, you need to add a soil conditioner for example our very own Greener Tidings Soil mix or loads of compost. These products help change the structure of the soil to allow water to soak in. Sandy or compacted soil is particularly vulnerable. Follow up by improving the soil further with layers of organic matter laid on top like mulch or bark chips
  • Feed all shrubs and the lawn with a Vigorosa or 6:1:5 SHRUBS to strengthen the cells and stems before winter comes.
  • If your summer veggie patch has not produced well, and you can use enough water to irrigate regularly for a short while, dig up spent veggies and sow green manure crops in beds which will be left empty in winter, like mustard and borage. When flowering (they are pretty!), dig them into the soil. They improve the soil structure (for better water retention) and increase the fertility of it for the next round of summer crops.
  • Before the cold sets in and the job becomes uncomfortable, clean out your water features. Check that your pump is clean and in good condition. If your pump is not working well, please bring it in and let’s test it for you. Most of the time it may just be the impellor on the inside that needs replacing!

Enjoy your garden in March!