The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is an autonomous, state-aided organisation whose mission is to promote the sustainable use, conservation, appreciation and enjoyment of the exceptionally rich biodiversity of South Africa, for the benefit of all people. This Garden Getaway brochure is a brief introduction to the eight National Botanical Gardens strategically situated throughout the country in five major natural regions or biomes.
5 good reasons to choose a Proven Winners Plant:
CHOOSE THE BEST PLANT QUALITY! PW plants are the result of long and intensive work done by the most innovative plant breeders worldwide. You will love your Proven Winner plants, because they are:
- Extremely floriferous;
- Easy to care for;
- Healthy and resistant to disease;
- Proven and Tested;
- Award Winners!
Add height to your containers:
Proven Winners are perhaps best known for their trailing and mounding plants, but this year we want to introduce two great plants to add height to beds and containers. First up is Angelface Wedgwood Blue Angelonia which is an improvement over an earlier version. It now features larger and more plentiful blooms, great branching and is wonderful in both landscapes and containers. It tops out around two feet tall and is a great Thriller component in combination plantings. It will do best in full sun - more than six hours of direct sun a day.
If you are looking to light up your garden, the 'Fireworks' Pennisetum (Purple Fountain Grass) is the way to go. A versatile annual grass that thrives in full sun, containers and garden beds, it is a no-brainer for adding color to combinations - even before the pink-toned flower plumes appear.
Whether they're used to spruce up a party, your home, or given as a gift, the versatility of potted plants make them the ultimate living centerpiece! Summer seems to bring out people's need to have a party. Whether it is a casual backyard barbeque or a fancy garden party there is nothing better than enjoying friends at an outdoor event. Once you've decided to have a party your thoughts immediately turn to guest lists, menus, and decorations. I'll leave the guest lists and menus up to you, but I have a few ideas that you might want to use to decorate your tables.
If you are preparing to showcase your garden with a party and if you are having a summer party your garden will be showcased whether you mean it to or not, now is the time to take a quick look to make sure all of your planters and beds are in top condition. You might even want to add a planter or two to your patio to make sure you are optimizing your garden WOW factor.
Adding planters and making sure your garden beds are in top shape are pretty standard actions for most gardeners just as adding centerpieces to the tables is standard at parties. You might pick flowers from your own garden to make your flower arrangements or buy flowers at your local florist to make beautiful arrangements. However, have you ever considered making living centerpieces?
It would be easy to buy small decorative pots,10 to 15cm sizes would work best for small tables, for larger or round tables you might be able to use 20 or 25cm pots. You could then use small pots of flowering annuals to make beautiful living centerpieces. If you wanted to easily re-use your decorative pots you can usually just slip a round 10cm nursery pot into a small decorative pot. If you are using slightly larger pots, the 20 to 25cm sizes, you could easily put together a small combination planter using 2 or 3 different plants. The small planter pictured here is one example. It would be best to plant the combination planters 1-2 weeks prior to the party to allow the plants time to grow and mingle together. You can plant the combination planters the day of the party if you don't have time to do so beforehand. However, the combinations are likely to have a slightly chunky feel rather than the mingled look you get after the plants have had time to mesh together. While you will need to water fairly often when it is warm, you can easily grow an 20 or 25cm planter through the summer.