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Autumn Gardening
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:24

We are currently experiencing autumn in South Africa this occurs from mid-February to April and offers the best weather in some respects. Very little rain falls over the whole country, and it is warm but not too hot, getting colder as the season progresses. It is important to remember that flowers don’t only bloom in summer and you do get flowers that will bloom at different times of the year so you can therefore plan your garden according to the seasonal changes and have a beautiful flowering garden all year round. As it is Autumn now the best plants to have in your garden would be firstly, the Plectranthus ecklonii which flowers throughout autumn bringing beautiful sprays of rich blue, pink and white colour into your garden and is also an excellent food plant for butterflies. You could also have plants that overlap during the seasons such at the Pentas laneolata which blooms from September up until May or you could have Baleria obtusa which blooms from March to April. There are many different flowers that you could grow in your garden to encourage a more colourful autumn season. If you haven’t had a chance to prepare your garden for the cooler months ahead maybe you could start now with preparing for next spring. You could plant bulbs now to ensure a spectacular spring display in your garden. Here are a few tips on how you can achieve this. Before planting, dig your desired bed over to about the depth of a spade and add a generous amount of compost, this will give your bulbs the sufficient nutrients they need to grow. When planting bulbs you should only plant once temperatures have cooled down properly, usually just after Easter would be the perfect time to do so. Remember that bulbs will look most effective in groups of ten or more, you could also plant them under your ground covers and grass. All you need to do is scatter the bulbs to get a natural effect. Your bulbs need cool soil to develop fully so try to avoid planting right next to a sunny wall or next to paving. If you do have a sunny spot that you would like to have the bulbs then you can also put down a three centimetre layer of mulch over the soil surface to help keep your soil cool and moist. There are so many different things that you can do with your garden as we are greeted by autumn’s cool breath, do some research and see what plants would suit your garden best also keep in mind those beautiful Aloe’s that will be blooming during the winter period for a lovely colour display.alt

 

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