THE SOUTH AFRICAN GARDEN IN FEBRUARY
Sowing and planting guide
|Indigenous plants indicated in green
The following can still be sown if this was not done in January. Sowing in seed boxes will generally give better results.
One of the most popular plants for edging and ground cover. Height 7-10 cm. More >>>
- Bells of Ireland
Height 75-80 cm. Large lime-green flowers.
Can be sown virtually throughout the year. Height 30 cm.
- Canterbury bells
- Cape forget-me-not
Height 30 cm.
- China Aster
Height 50 cm. Excellent garden flower and useful cut flower.
- Corn flower
Excellent cut flower with long vase life.
- Corn Poppy
Can be used as bedding and cut flowers. Often grown as an annual.
- Firewheel (Gaillardia)
Drought resistant. Height 60-80 cm
- Flax, red or scarlet
A lovely flower for a sunny border.
- Floss flower
Ideal bedding plant and easy to grow. Plant these for early flowering and superior garden performance.
Very showy compact plant. Height 75-90 cm.
- Garden mignonette
- Gillia capitata
- Gloriosa daisy
A good cut flower. Height 90 cm
Height 30 cm. When plants reach the 7 to 8 leaf stage, pinch centre out and transplant 25 to 30 cm apart.
Tall perennial border plant for sunny backgrounds. Height 150-200 cm.
A border plant also suitable for cutting. The decorative seedpods can be cut and dried.
Available in eight colours. 100 cm flower spikes on 90 – 150 cm plants.
- Monkey flower
- Mourning bride
- Musk flower
Good in rockeries and borders. Flowers are edible.
- Paper daisy
Small green evergreen shrub. Drought and frost tolerant. Height 50 cm.
Early show of multiflora-sized blooms. High-voltage colours. Good in baskets and containers.
Excellent for borders and mass bedding. Seed requires dark conditions for good germination. Germinate as cool as possible. High soil temperatures may inhibit germination.
- Pimpernel (Anagallis)
- Purple Mullein
The first year blooming variety, Southern Charm, offers a blend of creamy yellow, soft lavender and peachy rose shades, each marked with a fuzzy purple "bee". The 60 to 70 cm stems hold florets arranged in pairs over a low-growing rosette of foliage. As the first floret dies, the second blooms, doubling the life of the flower spike. Drought tolerant and sun loving they hold their flowers well.
- Queen Anne's Lace
A fine cut flower.
- Shirley Poppy
Suitable as a cut flower and for drying.
- Sweet Sultan
- Sweet William
Heat and drought tolerant. A popular plant for bedding, rockeries and containers. Cover the seed as darkness aids germination.
- Virginian stocks
A dwarf bushy plant which makes a lovely show during the Winter and Spring. Height 20 to 25 cm.
From the middle of this month you can sow:
- Chrysanthemum carinatum
- Gilly flower
- Iceland poppy
- Livingstone daisy
- Monarch of the Veld
- Sweet peas
- Toad flax
- Ursinia anethoides
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