Plantland The Wilds Readers Day, 11 October

  • Welcome!

    Welcome to the online home of Keith Kirsten & Keith Kirsten Horticulture International (Pty) Ltd or better known as KKHI. We are the leading specialist horticultural company. We are totally industry driven seeking the best breeders and growers globally, to produce the finest plant vaireites. Our strict identification, selection and development of superior varieties, including ornamental introductions, ensure superior plants are unsurpassed in terms of flowering, growth habit, disease resistance and garden performance.

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  • Readers Day, 11 October 2014

    Plantland The Wilds, Pretoria East invites you to an informative morning about the latest plants and summer gardening with Keith Kirsten. R80.00 pp. Booking Essential: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Readers Day, 16 October 2014

    You are invited to the Garden & Home Readers Day with Keith Kirsten and Jane Griffiths... a relaxed day in the country at Keith's trial farm. Be inspired by Keith's passion for sustainable gardening and his ideas for your summer garden and also do not miss the veggie-growing expert, Jane Griffiths, who'll tell you how to grow organic vegetables and herbs. Tickets are R200 pp.

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  • Infinity New Guinea Impatiens

    Infinity New Guinea Impatiens - I let my petals do the talking! These plants boasts large flowers and provides colour impact in shaded areas. It is low-maintenance! Available in White, Pink Frost, Orange Frost, Dark Pink, Cherry Red and Ruby Flash. 

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  • Proven Winners

    Looking for plants you can trust to create a beautiful, easy-to-maintain garden? All you have to do is look for the Proven Winners name to know you're getting the most distinctive plants on the market. That's because Proven Winners partners with the top plant breeders around the world to ensure our varieties are vigorous, healthy, vibrant, and unique.
  • David Austin Roses

    David Charles Henshaw Austin OBE (born 16 February 1926) is a rose breeder and writer who lives in Shropshire, England. His emphasis is on breeding roses with the character and fragrance of Old Garden Roses but with the repeat-flowering ability and wide colour range of modern roses such as Hybrid Teas & Floribundas. SA growers: Ludwig's - & Duncan's Roses
  • New Guinea Impatiens

    Vigorous upright plants with large flowers. Great flowering color for shaded areas. Self-Cleaning, no dead-heading necessary. This annual thriller can be planted in part shade to shade; is easy to maintain and has average water requirements. Can be used in containers or in the landscape. Available in White, Pink Frost, Orange Frost, Dark Pink, Cherry Red and Ruby Flash.
  • Tip of the Month

    Hanging baskets have a rough life. They hang in the sun, in the wind, and they take a lot of abuse. But you can make it easier to keep them looking good! Some tips: Be sure your pot has drainage holes; Water only when the top of the soil is dry to the touch; Water until water comes out of the drainage holes; Don’t allow your pot to sit in standing water
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  • South Africa's Garden Getaways
  • Gorgeous Gardens & Containers
  • Potted Plants: The Ultimate Living Centrepiece

SanbiLogoThe South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is an autonomous, state-aided organisation whose mission is to promote the sustainable use, conservation, appreciation and enjoyment of the exceptionally rich biodiversity of South Africa, for the benefit of all people. This Garden Getaway brochure is a brief introduction to the eight National Botanical Gardens strategically situated throughout the country in five major natural regions or biomes.

FreeState

 Free State National Botanical Garden - Typical of the grassland region, this garden spans a valley between picturesque dolerite koppies (small hills) capped with rocky outcrops. R702 Rayton Road, Bloemfontein - off Dan Pienaar Drive. Tel: 051 436 3530 / 051 436 3612 | e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HaroldPorterHarold Porter National Botanical Garden - Nestled between the sea and the mountains where streams and amber-coloured pools flow, this tranquil garden that feeds the soul is home to many of the Cape's fynbos riches. Clarence Drive, Betty's Bay. Tel: 028 272 9311 } email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KarooDesert

 Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden - Against the backdrop of spectacular 2000m mountain peaks, the garden features arid and semidesert plants. Roux Way, Panorama - off N1 National Road. Tel: 023 347 0785 | e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KwaZuluNatal

 

KwaZulu Natal National Botanical Garden - Designed around a magnificent plane tree avenue and century-old trees, this historic garden enthrals visitors with displays of indigenous forest and grassland plants. Mayor's Walk, Pietermaritzburg. Tel: 033 344 3585 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

KirstenboschKirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - Situated on the eastern slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. Enjoy superb displays of a wide variety of indigenous plants and explore natural fynbos and forest in a spectacular setting. Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town. Tel: 021 799 8899 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

LowveldLowveld National Botanical Garden - En route to the Kruger National Park, this African garden occupies an outstandingly beautiful site in the subtropical heart of Mpumalanga Province. Off the R40 White River Road, turn off at Riverside Value Mart intersection. Tel: 013 752 5531 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PretoriaPretoria National Botanical Garden - An urban retreat of seasonal surprises, located on the outskirts of Pretoria, showcases many southern African plants in all their seasonal guises. 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria. Tel: 012 843 5172 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

WalterSisuluWalter Sisulu National Botanical Garden - Discover the breathtaking Witpoortjie Waterfall, beautifully landscaped indigenous gardens and a nature reserve along the Roodekrans Ridge. Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort. Tel: 011 958 1750 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

lemonslicepot5 good reasons to choose a Proven Winners Plant:

CHOOSE THE BEST PLANT QUALITY! PW plants are the result of long and intensive work done by the most innovative plant breeders worldwide. You will love your Proven Winner plants, because they are:

  • Extremely floriferous;
  • Easy to care for;
  • Healthy and resistant to disease;
  • Proven and Tested;
  • Award Winners!

Add height to your containers:

Angelonia Angelface Wedgewood Blue in PotProven Winners are perhaps best known for their trailing and mounding plants, but this year we want to introduce two great plants to add height to beds and containers. First up is Angelface Wedgwood Blue Angelonia which is an improvement over an earlier version. It now features larger and more plentiful blooms, great branching and is wonderful in both landscapes and containers. It tops out around two feet tall and is a great Thriller component in combination plantings. It will do best in full sun - more than six hours of direct sun a day.

Pennisetum Fireworks 002If you are looking to light up your garden, the 'Fireworks' Pennisetum (Purple Fountain Grass) is the way to go. A versatile annual grass that thrives in full sun, containers and garden beds, it is a no-brainer for adding color to combinations - even before the pink-toned flower plumes appear.

 

cherrybombWhether they're used to spruce up a party, your home, or given as a gift, the versatility of potted plants make them the ultimate living centerpiece! Summer seems to bring out people's need to have a party. Whether it is a casual backyard barbeque or a fancy garden party there is nothing better than enjoying friends at an outdoor event. Once you've decided to have a party your thoughts immediately turn to guest lists, menus, and decorations. I'll leave the guest lists and menus up to you, but I have a few ideas that you might want to use to decorate your tables.

If you are preparing to showcase your garden with a party and if you are having a summer party your garden will be showcased whether you mean it to or not, now is the time to take a quick look to make sure all of your planters and beds are in top condition. You might even want to add a planter or two to your patio to make sure you are optimizing your garden WOW factor.

Adding planters and making sure your garden beds are in top shape are pretty standard actions for most gardeners just as adding centerpieces to the tables is standard at parties. You might pick flowers from your own garden to make your flower arrangements or buy flowers at your local florist to make beautiful arrangements. However, have you ever considered making living centerpieces?

It would be easy to buy small decorative pots,10 to 15cm sizes would work best for small tables, for larger or round tables you might be able to use 20 or 25cm pots. You could then use small pots of flowering annuals to make beautiful living centerpieces. If you wanted to easily re-use your decorative pots you can usually just slip a round 10cm nursery pot into a small decorative pot. If you are using slightly larger pots, the 20 to 25cm sizes, you could easily put together a small combination planter using 2 or 3 different plants. The small planter pictured here is one example. It would be best to plant the combination planters 1-2 weeks prior to the party to allow the plants time to grow and mingle together. You can plant the combination planters the day of the party if you don't have time to do so beforehand. However, the combinations are likely to have a slightly chunky feel rather than the mingled look you get after the plants have had time to mesh together. While you will need to water fairly often when it is warm, you can easily grow an 20 or 25cm planter through the summer.

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