If you are thinking which landscaping style is best for your garden, consider carefully which school of thought you want to follow- formal or informal garden design.
It’s all in the soil
There’s nothing like a spell of hot, dry weather to expose the crusting, cracking, nutrient-depleted state of your soil. Heavy clays and apparently lifeless sands really show their flaws in the warmer months.
War of the roses: The French vs. English garden
In the words of Milburg Francisco Mansfield, an early-20th-century historian, “Turning back the pages of history one finds that each people, each century, possessed its own specious variety of garden.”
Steps to good gardening
Starting a garden is one of the most rewarding things one can do. Whether you’re planting fragrant florals or starting a vegetable garden, anyone can benefit from getting their hands a little dirty.
Growing up years Growing up in suburban Lagos, our home had two distinct gardens; the front and back gardens. While the front garden was purely ornamental filled with perennial and annual beds and exotic specimen plant such as the traveller’s palms,the backyard garden was mainly a vegetable garden, that boasted not only vegetables but had…
‘Naked lady Lily’
The “ Naked lady plant”, “March lilies”, botanical name Amaryllis belladonna species (family Amaryllidaceae), is a plant species native to the floral southern-western Cape Province of South Africa, but widely cultivated as an ornamental worldwide. Due to its extremely exquisite nature, this lovely plant species has found its way to many destinations and is reportedly…
V-Day: Floral options to beat the rose
Roses are the flower of love, but they are not the only variety that is romantic. There is no celebration in the world sans flowers, so also Valentine’s Day flower, and they only speak the language of love.
January is the month that heralds “The New Year’ which comes at the height of the Harmattan season. The rains have long seized to fall, giving way to the Harmattan’s dry winds which blankets the landscape with its grey dust. Most plants manage to stay alive; the deciduous shedding their leaves, while those that keep…
‘Christmasifying’ the home
Christmas is just around the corner, so its time once again to decorate our homes. The Christmas tree is usually the focal point but we shouldn’t neglect other Christmas decorations. A Christmas decoration is any of several types of ornamentation used at Christmas time and throughout the holiday season.
Gardening in the city for greener good
Concern and heightened awareness for the environment has reached its tipping point and has flowed into mainstream gardening with crashing speed, we have come to a point in time when gardeners want their landscapes to benefit the environment, not pose a potential threat to it. So, having mountains of refuse dominating the city space is…
Garden design: Foodscaping
Food scaping is what it sounds like, a combination of landscaping and food. In the beginning… There were simply beautiful plants. Then when it was discovered that some were good to eat – their fruit, foliage, roots, or flowers providing the calories and nutrition required to assure mankind’s survival – it made sense to grow…