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Shady damp spots in win­ter are also a prob­lem. Put in shade-loving plants which like con­stant mois­ture, like ferns, baby’s tears ( Soleiro­lia soleirolii) and fairy prim­ula ( Prim­ula mala­coides).

A ground-level bird bath will com­plete the nook. Re­mem­ber that this area will need wa­ter through­out the dry sum­mer.

There is still time to plant lil­ium bulbs. To avoid lil­ium bulbs rot­ting, plant the bulbs in black bags or in plas­tic pots. They can then be grouped in a suit­able spot, or the con­tain­ers can be counter-sunk into the gar­den. FYN­BOS: A talk on fyn­bos gar­den­ing with Jacky De Fynne. July 25. Stodels Ke­nil­worth at 10am and Stodels Con­stan­tia at 1pm. Con­tact Deirdre De Wet on 021 919 1108 or e-mail

In win­ter, de­cid­u­ous trees and shrubs re­veal parts of your gar­den that were hid­den in sum­mer. If the view is not pleas­ing, or you have lost pri­vacy, screen th­ese parts with ever­green shrubs such as Sasan­qua camel­lia, es­cal­lo­nia, ever­green vibur­nums or raphi­olepis.

If some ar­eas are con­stantly wa­ter­logged in win­ter, con­sider rais­ing the level of the beds with small walls built of bricks, stones or rail­way sleep­ers. Fill the raised bed with a mix­ture of good gar­den loam and coarse com­post to help with drainage and pre­vent root rot. es­sen­tial. Con­tact Eleanor on 021 762 1779. JULY GAR­DEN­ING: A talk by Sandy Munro on what to do in your gar­den this month. July 25. Stodels Bel­lville at 10am and Stodels Mil­ner­ton at 1pm. Con­tact Deirdre De Wet, 021 919 1108, or e-mail Deirdre@stodels.com or visit www.stodels.com

There is still time to plant out win­ter- and spring-flow­er­ing bed­ding plants, es­pe­cially well-es­tab­lished ro­bust young plants in six-packs. To make sure all your bed­ding plants as well as your spring-flow­er­ing bulbs give a re­ally tip-top dis­play, they should be given a liq­uid fer­tiliser reg­u­larly.

The cool, damp weather is an ideal time to plant trees or move shrubs from one part of the gar­den to an­other. If you are look­ing for a new tree for the gar­den, go in­dige­nous. Try the white stinkwood ( Celtis africana), cam­phor bush ( Tar­cho­nan­thus cam­phor­a­tus), blos­som tree ( Vir­gilia oroboides) or coast sil­ver oak ( Brachy­laena dis­color). Among the shrubs, try the con­fetti bush ( Coleonema pul­chrum), plumbago, sage fam­ily ( Bud­dleja species) or dune salvia ( Salvia africana-lutea). Deirdre@stodels.com or visit www.stodels.com ROSE PRUN­ING: At­tend a win­ter prun­ing. July 27, 9.30am. Western Cape Rose So­ci­ety, Dur­banville Rose Gar­den Club­house, Dur­banville Road. Con­tact Joy Webb on 083 583 3379. PLANT HACK: Join a plant hack at Pringle Bay. July 28. 8-11.30am. Con­tact John White­head on 028 273 8807. RESTIOS & GRASSES: A talk on grow­ing restios and grasses. July 31, 10am. Morne’s Su­per Plants, 150m north of Tokai and Main roads, Tokai.

PLANT wa­ter-wise raphi­olepis.

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