Ria’s gar­den­ing tips

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• Take a photo of a new bed and take it with you to the nurs­ery; it’ll make it eas­ier for the staff there to help you with the right plant sug­ges­tions. • Read the la­bels when buy­ing plants. The in­for­ma­tion pro­vided will give you an in­di­ca­tion as to whether they will do well in your area, whether they need sun or shade and what their wa­ter needs are. Plants are too ex­pen­sive to buy with­out fore­thought. • Choose plants that com­ple­ment your sur­round­ings and the style of your home. Also use el­e­ments from your sur­round­ings to add struc­ture to your gar­den, as we did with the river stones in our gar­den. This helps your gar­den to form a co­he­sive whole with the en­vi­ron­ment around it. • Make a proper hole and pre­pare the soil well when you plant. The bet­ter you pre­pare, the bet­ter your plants will grow. • Never walk around your gar­den with­out a pair of se­ca­teurs at hand. There’s al­ways some­thing that needs a trim and if you don’t do it im­me­di­ately, you’ll for­get about it. • Use kraal ma­nure, leaf mould and dried grass clip­pings to feed your gar­den. This will also pro­tect the soil and the roots of the plants dur­ing the cold win­ter months. • When trans­plant­ing a size­able shrub, take note of which side of the shrub is grow­ing in which di­rec­tion (eg, north). Plant it the same way round in its new spot – it will do so much bet­ter. • Plant a large group of the same type of plants, es­pe­cially if you have a spa­cious gar­den. This has much more im­pact and makes main­te­nance eas­ier. >>

A path of river stones (above) winds through the trees; it is framed by fes­cue grass (Fes­tuca spp.) and aga­pan­thus. When the daylilies (right) flower, they pro­vide plenty of colour in this cor­ner of the gar­den.

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