Favourites in the Belmont garden
Ria says it’s difficult to choose her favourites but these are a few she couldn’t do without:
• Roses are like my children. My favourites are ‘Duftwolke’, ‘Roberto Capucci’, ‘Dikgang Moseneke’, ‘Little Red Hedge’, ‘My Granny’ and ‘Blossom Magic’. • Peonies (Paeonia hybrids) are so gorgeous when they come back again each spring. • Hydrangeas remind me of my mom, who loves them so much. • Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is an excellent cut flower and I have several kinds in my garden – from the well-known white ones to ‘Green Goddess’ with its green-tipped petals. • False heather (Cuphea) self-seeds so it comes up all over the garden. I like to use it as an edging plant because it always looks neat and never becomes overgrown. False heather also does well in
pots and provides lovely flowers throughout summer. • Marguerites (Argyranthemum hybrids) because they flower for a long time and hellebores (Helleborus spp.) because they provide colour in winter – both are indispensable! • Silver birch (Betula pendula) trees look fantastic grouped together and their white trunks show up beautifully in the late afternoon light. • Blue spruce (Picea pungens) provides a focal point in the garden with its unique colour and growth habit. • Clivia miniata is breathtaking when it flowers en masse. • All my cycads, tree ferns and queen palms. The different shapes of the cycads make the garden interesting and the palms create a tropical feel.
An old bicycle is home to baskets of pretty petunias!