● Make your garden more waterwise this year. Bulbine is an indigenous waterwise plant with orange and yellow flowers and thin succulent leaves that makes an attractive groundcover. The juice from the fleshy leaves relieves insect bites and stings.
● The wild iris, Dietes grandiflora, produces white flowers with yellow and lilac markings periodically throughout the summer months. It is clump forming and its graceful growth habit is suit- able for planting around pools, along verges and as a filler between shrubs.
● Extend the blooming season well into autumn by planting seedlings of summer annuals, marigold, salvia, celosia and verbena to add bright colour to borders, rockeries and containers. Introduce colour to shadier parts of the garden with New Guinea impatiens, coleus and bedding begonias.
● Camellias are forming buds now and should be kept well watered and mulched to encourage good bud formation. Sasanqua camellias with glossy green leaves and pink, red and white flowers are the first to flower in early autumn. Their evergreen, graceful growth habit make them suitable for screening or as accent plants.
● For those who love yellow roses, there are two new introductions, World Cup Rose, a tall-growing floriferous bright yellow rose that fades with age, and Sasol Rose with clusters of yellow flowers and a liquorice-spice scent.
● You may need to water hanging baskets and outdoor containers more than once on hot days. Mist foliage of ferns and indoor pot plants on hot, dry days.