Décor & Gardening

June in the garden

June in the garden

So, we’re on the cusp of winter and for those of us lucky enough to live in frost-free areas, that means work awaits in the garden.

We’re planting …Viola Sorbet ‘Delft Blue’. If you love the freshness of blue and white, this viola is as delicate as the porcelain that inspired its name. This ‘true blue’ viola has won awards for its colour and performance in the garden. It brightens up light shade, is perfect in a patio pot, and even in a hanging basket. Pick its lightly scented flowers; they are also edible. The plant grows 20cm high and wide, and it flowers abundantly throughout the season.

For patio and outdoor living…we’re planting Calibrachoa ‘Conga’. It’s called the table top calibrachoa because it holds its shape so well that it looks like an iced cupcake. Plants grow 25cm high and wide, and flower earlier than other calibrachoa. Use it to fill hanging baskets and containers, with masses of tiny flowers. Plants don’t become scraggly. To flower well they need plenty of morning sun and some afternoon shade. Water regularly but don’t overwater, as they like to be slightly dry. Feed once a month to promote continuous flowering.

For more information phone the BallStraathof customer care line: 0861-blossom (or 0861-256776) or email info@ballstraathof.co.za.

Rose tip: June is the best time to move those problem roses that are in the wrong place. Prepare the new position first. Trim the rose, cutting it down by a third to a half. With a spade dig down around the rose, in a 20cm diameter circle. Make sure the spade cuts through the rose roots so that you can lever the rose out with the spade. Don’t pull the rose out. Plant it in its new position, at the same level as it was. Firm down the soil, and water well. Water every few days until you see new growth and then reduce watering. Prune lightly, if necessary, in July.

Conga White Calibrachoa
Conga Rose Kiss Calibrachoa
Color Code:
BFP 2017
Setting, Table, Container, Vegetative
04.14.16 Santa Paula, Mark Widhalm

Garden tasks for June

  • Rake up fallen leaves and make compost.
  • Water deeply once a week; especially spring bulbs and annuals.
  • Take the lawnmower for a service
  • Sharpen secateurs and loppers in preparation for pruning next month
  • Protect tender plants, young shrubs and trees with frost cloth.
  • Spray ornamental conifers with Ludwig’s Insect Spray to prevent conifer aphid.


We’ve found a collection of books that are just perfect for gardeners who have the time and inclination but not the experience to design and plant a garden from scratch.


Small Gardens (by David Squire and local SA gardener Allan Haschick), and Garden Design and Planning (by A&G Bridgewater and Allan Haschick), are part of The Home Gardener series and are just crammed with every bit of info you’ll ever need. From starting with a Wish List and gathering inspiration to the tools you need, from recommended plants and how to plant and care for them, to how to make a path, patio and deck, these illustrated books will take your garden, step by step, from blah to brilliant. Struik, R150 each (less 20 per cent if you’re a Get It Book Club member … join on www.knowledgeroad.co.za)

If Prick isn’t the sassiest little garden book on the shelves right now, we don’t know what is. This stylish, beautifully illustrated book by Gynelle Leon is about cacti and succulents – and about choosing, styling and caring for them. Even those who aren’t fans of these hardy plants will find something to adore here … what’s not to love about a heart-shaped Hoya Kerrii or the lovely Senecio Rowleyanus – also known as string of pearls, necklace plant and rosary vine? So many reasons to buy it, not least because every home should have a booked called Prick! Octopus Publishing, R300.


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