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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

Cel­e­brate Na­tional Bird­ing Day to­day. En­cour­age birds to your gar­den by grow­ing a se­lec­tion of grasses, aloes, Burchel­lia bubalina (wild pome­gran­ate), carissa, Hal­le­ria lu­cida (tree fuch­sia), Ochna ser­ru­lata (Mickey mouse bush), Leono­tis leonu­rus, Olea africana (wild olive), Schotia brachy­petala (boer­bean), stre­litzia and Te­coma capen­sis (Cape honey­suckle).

Stre­litzias make ex­cel­lent sub­jects for mod­ern con­tain­ers and as ac­cent plants in the gar­den. The blue-green lance-shaped leaves have strong form, and the nec­tar in the orange and blue flow­ers at­tracts birds.

Add bright colour to sunny rock­ery pock­ets and be­tween paving stones with por­tu­laca, a heat-re­sis­tant an­nual with suc­cu­lent leaves and cream, yel­low, orange, red and pur­ple cup­shaped sin­gle or dou­ble flow­ers.

Sum­mer flow­er­ing calla lilies (arums) come in pink, le­mon, red, bur­gundy and al­most black. Grow them in richly com­posted soil in a sunny po­si­tion in the gar­den, or in pot­ting soil in con­tain­ers. Mark their po­si­tion in the gar­den to avoid dam­age when they are dor­mant.

Plant tu­bers of po­lianthes (tuberose) near win­dows and in pots on pa­tios to en­joy their waxy white flow­ers and rich fra­grance. Plant with pointed ends up­wards and cover with 5cm of pot­ting soil. Fer­tilise all sum­mer­flow­er­ing bulbs once a month with bulb food.

There is no need for bare spa­ces while per­ma­nent plants are grow­ing to full size. Plant laven­ders, white, pale and deep pink, le­mon and yel­low mar­guerite daisies (ar­gy­ran­the­mum), and in­dige­nous blue feli­cia and yel­low eury­ops daisy to fill th­ese spa­ces.

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