Salvia splendens, also known as Red Salvias, have to rank as one of the hottest flowering annuals available. It's not just their long lasting, fiery colour that makes them so appealing as a summer bedding plant, it's also the ease with which they grow and minimal maintenance that make them a must. With a just few trays of seedlings and minimal time, you can transform almost any area into a welcoming explosion of colour and charm.
Watering frequency depends on plant and soil types, climates, seasons and planting positions. Plant types with deep taproots, like trees, may need little watering due to their ability to tap into underground water-sources. Plants with succulent stems and foliage will need less irrigation than soft leafed plants. Soil types differ greatly in their ability to contain moisture and sandy soils need the most frequent watering of all but climatic conditions like wind can dry the soil out fast too. Planting positions in full sun will dry out much faster than cool and shaded spots and of course seasonal rainfall patterns play a role in watering.
February's Gardening on The Home Channel
Love and Mortar with Riaan and Michelle - an exciting new 30 part half hour reality/documentary series featuring South Africa's eco-couple, Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter in their quest to build their ultimate green home. In this television first, the couple allow the viewers into their lives, revealing how they juggle their busy careers and schedules, all with the daunting task of building and furnishing their first bio-climatic family home.
Design-a-Garden - Catch the third season of the successful Design-a-Garden, the garden makeover show that digs deep to create beautiful gardens. Every week show presenter Andre Bimray, landscape consultant Tim Horn of Abacus Gardens and his team look at problem spaces and see only creative solutions.
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The Jo-Anne Hilliar School of Landscape Design:
The Landscape Business Management Programme - 8, 9 and 10 March at Robyndale Nature Centre, Kloof, Durban
The Landscape Business Management Programme - 17, 18 and 19 March at Garden World, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg
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