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Three hardy plants for retaining wall and bank planting

Today’s post is focused on three plants which are hardy enough and have the spreading and cascading habit required for retaining wall and bank planting. Lotus berthelotii – Parrot’s beak This for us is literally one of the most stunning and striking plants to ever exist. It is not from [...]

By |2019-05-31T10:06:36+02:00May 31st, 2019|Garden Design Tips, Plant Database|Comments Off on Three hardy plants for retaining wall and bank planting

Grow your own ‘Berry delicious’ plant:

I am sure we can all agree that the cost of buying berries in the shops is insanity and often unaffordable. This is such a pity because berries are such a wonderful superfood that we should be eating them like crazy. So our post today is focused around 3 berry plants [...]

By |2019-05-28T11:57:45+02:00May 28th, 2019|Global Greats, Plant Database|Comments Off on Grow your own ‘Berry delicious’ plant:

Top 3 Showy Flowering Herbs

Today’s post is on three unusual herbs which we think can add colour to your garden and still be used for medicinal purposes. Nepeta mussinii – (Catmint) This old fashioned English country garden plant will really add a burst of colour to your garden with soft grey-green foliage and a [...]

By |2019-05-27T08:51:27+02:00May 24th, 2019|Garden Design Tips, Plant Database|Comments Off on Top 3 Showy Flowering Herbs

Eat Your Flowers

EAT YOUR FLOWERS Flowers have been eaten and used in recipes for centuries. The Romans, Chinese, middle eastern’s and even Indian cultures have been known to use flowers for culinary purposes. There are some rules and dos and don’ts to eating flowers. *Make sure before you eat a flower that you [...]

By |2019-05-21T09:25:10+02:00May 22nd, 2019|DIY Garden Guide, Garden Design Tips, Plant Database|Comments Off on Eat Your Flowers

Contours Favourite 5 – Succulents

We at Contours Landscapes love adding succulents to our garden and landscape designs. They are water wise and require very little care, adding colour to the garden with their foliage and sometimes flowers. Bringing an interesting texture to any garden's design. Cotyledon orbiculata green Cotyledon orbiculata grey [...]

By |2019-02-19T08:10:24+02:00February 18th, 2019|Favourite 5, Plant Database|Comments Off on Contours Favourite 5 – Succulents

Bring Your Garden To Your Table – Braai Edition

February and March are our last two months of summer before the weather starts cooling down. Make the best of the hot weather by having a green and unique braai with family and friends, which will be sure to impress and leave life long memories. This blog will give you recipes and ideas for [...]

By |2019-02-08T11:09:55+02:00February 8th, 2019|DIY Garden Guide, Plant Database|Comments Off on Bring Your Garden To Your Table – Braai Edition

Level 5 Drought Survivors – What Are our Garden Designers Planting?

Tried and tested - What our designers are planting now in preparation for the hot summer. This summer in the Cape is predicted to be very dry with very little rainfall over our catchment areas compared to previous years. Our gardens need to be as resilient as possible to be able to withstand the [...]

Orchids for Mother’s Day

Excerpt: Celebrate your love for your Mum on Sunday 14 May with something that she will love and that will keep on giving! Orchids make wonderful gifts and are stocked in many retail nurseries and grocery stores. In this blog we find out a bit more about the most commonly available Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium [...]

By |2017-05-09T10:30:09+02:00May 4th, 2017|News, Plant Database|Comments Off on Orchids for Mother’s Day

Bougainvilleas – So Bright And Bold

Excerpt: One of the few plants making a splash at this time of the year are the beautiful Boungainvillea cultivars! From white to pale orange, bright pinks and deep magentas, there are a lot of vibrant ones available these days. In this blog we find out more about growing these cheerful climbing Boungainvilleas, so [...]

By |2017-04-24T14:20:54+02:00April 16th, 2017|Plant Database|1 Comment

Plant of the Month: Nandina domestica

Excerpt: A very useful plant that is tough, blazes a fiery red in autumn and that can give a Zen feeling to your garden! Find out how they grow, what conditions they like and why our Garden Designers at Cape Contours Landscapes love them. This blog explores all about the commonly available Nandina domestica [...]

By |2017-03-20T09:10:57+02:00March 19th, 2017|Global Greats, Plant Database|1 Comment