Twinstreams Indigenous Nursery and Landscaping Contact

September is Arbor Month
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 11:48

Use trees for windbreakers, focus features and for the landscaping of your gardens. We have more than 1700 species of trees in South Africa. Use indigenous trees, shrubs and groundcovers as these do not use a lot of water or maintenance. They provide shade, privacy, beauty, shelter, and ambience and is a haven for birds, bees, butterflies and insects. If you need more information please contact us.

Carissa 'Green Carpet'
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 11:47

This thorny plant is evergreen with glossy dark-green foliage and a spreading habit. its natural form, commonly known as Amatungulu or Num-num, grows in coastal bush and coastal forest and on sand dunes. it does not grow very quickly and can be clipped back when necessary to form a neat compact bush. it is hardy and water-wise and has starry white, sweetly scented flowers followed by attractive red fruit which is favoured by birds. it copes well in full sun and tolerates some shade. 

Get rid of invaders
Monday, 01 September 2014 10:56

According to the Sunday Tribune (31 August) the following is recorded: 590 species that fall under the prohibited alien species lists. This includes plants (239) mammals (18) birds (39) reptiles (14) amphibians (10) fresh water (110) marine fish (1) marine invertebrates (3) fresh water invertebrates (143) and microbial species (7). Under no circumstances will these plants, animals, birds or fish be allowed into the country. 534 species fall under the national list of invasive species. These are the following: plants (381) mammals (40) birds (14) reptiles (24) amphibians (7) fresh water fish (17) terrestrial invertebrates (23) freshwater invertebrates (8) marine invertebrates (13) and microbial species (7). For more information go to

And then there was life
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:20

Twinstreams Nursery has an addition to their family. Hugo Barret Tait was born on the 11th August 2014. Craig and Haley although you are far away (UK) you are still part of the Twinstreams Nursery Family. Welcome Hugo – do not stand still for one minute or else you will have gun boots and gloves on and set to work in the Nursery. Come and visit us soon.

Trees of the Year
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:01

Vepris lanceolata – White-ironwood. This tree grows to 20-33m with a rounded crown. Small greenish-yellow flowers, Nov-Jan. Fruit – Feb-Apr. Flowers attract insects, birds eat the fruit.

Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender-tree. Deciduous shrub or tree. Tiny creamy-yellow sweetly scented, Dec-Mar. Fruit – Mar-July. Flowers attract bees, wasps and butterflies. Small tree for gardens. Good for bonsai.

Plant a tree for Arbor Day and leave behind a legacy.

Passing away
Monday, 11 August 2014 10:40

Jonathan Pierre Cromhout

8th December 1962 - 20th August 2013

Jobe Mafuleka

Passed away peacefully on the 21st August 2014.

Two great people, you can be so proud of all the knowledge that you have left behind. Your children their children and the children that come after, will be ever aware of the environment and of the indigenous trees and shrubs that you both have so lovingly looked after.

Rest in peace Jonathan and Jobe, remember the Lord’s garden is perfect as it is, so relax and enjoy.

Food for the birds
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:04

Providing the desired food is essential to encourage our flighty characters. If the natural bird food in your garden is still being established you can lure birds in with a food tray. Wild seed mixes are available from pet shops and supermarkets. Seed, fruit, nectar and insects are your main food source for birds. Plant trees and shrubs that are able to supply your birds with this essential food. Come in and speak to our staff they will be able to give you advice on what to plant.

The right pump for the right water feature
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:03

The pump in a water feature has the potential to make or break the final result.

If the pump is too large water will splash out, if too small the effect will be reduced to a mere trickle. First step is to determine what effect you are looking for. Second step is to estimate the amount of water that you would like to flow. You can have a waterfall feature. Spray upright in the air feature. Water falling from a vase, or water cascading over the pot lip. Remember you have to have the right height water flow and design to have the perfect water feature.

Aloes, Aloes and Aloes
Monday, 30 June 2014 14:06

I know we have submitted an article on Aloes, but driving around Mtunzini it always amazes me how beautiful these plants are.Here is an update.

Why use Aloes? They architecturally interesting, easy to grow, do not need a lot of water and flower in winter. Species of Aloes include the following, arborescens, ferox, chaubaudii, vanbalenii, cooperi, marlothii, thraskii and the tree aloe, barberae. There are more than 500 known species of Aloes all over the world. Flowers are usually showy, attract birds, people, monkeys, baboons, insects and especially bees. Flowering periods from March – July.

Shade tolerant plants
Monday, 30 June 2014 13:53

The following are a few shade resistance selections:

Shrubs – Clivia miniata/Crocosmia spp / Arum Lily / Freylinia spp / Mackaya bella / Plectranthus spp / Gardenia thunbergia.

Ferns – Blechnum tabulare / Asparagus spp / Rumohra adiantiformis.

Groundcovers – Asystasiagangetica / Chlorophytum comosum / Geranium incanum / Plectranthus spp.

Climbers – Jasminum multipartitum / Senencio tamoides / Rhoicissus digitala.

Beautiful hedge plants
Monday, 30 June 2014 13:52

Carissa ‘Green Carpet’ – this thorny plant is evergreen with glossy dark-green foliage and a spreading habit. Its natural form, commonly known as Amatungulu or Num-num, grows in coastal bush and coastal forest. It is also used on sand dunes as a stabilizer. It does not grow very fast and can be clipped when necessary to form a neat compact bush. It is water wise and has starry white sweetly scented flowers. This is followed by beautiful red fruit which is a favourite of birds. It copes well in full sun and tolerates some shade.

Ban on trade in cycads
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 12:36

New regulations came into effect (May 14) banning the trade and export of rare and protected cycad species. According to a notice in the government gazette it is now an offence to collect, pluck, uproot or destroy any wild specimens of Encephalartos (cycad) plants which have been listed as threatened or protected species.

It is also illegal to export or receive these plants, or to relocate them without a permit. The possession of protected cycads was also prohibited, unless the owner had acquired a permit prior to the publication of this notice in the latest gazette.

Further restrictions have also been placed on the export of artificially propagated species, including E.caffer, E.humilis, E.cupidus, E.certinus and E.ngoyanus. For more information please contact Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

Planting concrete block retaining walls and embankments
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 12:01

The flowing plants could be used to plant, remembering that large embankments make excellent refuges for birds.They provide areas for feeding and nesting, where there is little human disturbance. Plumbago suriculata, Aloe arborescens, Barleria, Chrysanthemoides spp and Hermannia spp can be used to liven up these embankments. Also try Plumbago, Tecoma, Carissa and Jasminum spp.

Ensure that these species are actively growing and not overgrown or root-bound when planting them. Do not overfill the blocks as it will be difficult to irrigate later.After five or six years these plants would need to be replaced or tidied up as they become straggly and overgrown. Birds, butterflies and insects will be constant visitors to your embankment.

Erythrina latissima
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 11:33

Deciduous trees in flower all around Mtunzini. Beautiful deep red to scarlet flowers. Rounded crown. Slow growing trees but makes a beautiful focus point in any garden. Orange-red seeds with creamy inner pods.

Outdoor Bonsai Styles
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:39

Knowledge is power

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