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At Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds, we’re enthusiastic gardening evangelists and we always welcome beginners with open arms. To help as many people as possible enjoy the sense of wonder and satisfaction that comes from gardening, we regularly run special offers on the plants, equipment and supplies you need to transform your outside spaces. We also like to share new ideas on garden design so that you can save and be inspired at the same time.

Autumn is one of the beautiful seasons. It’s also known as fall, due to the many red and golden leaves that are shed by deciduous trees conserving their energy for the winter ahead. Few experiences are more enjoyable than walking through a carpet of autumn leaves on a crisp April morning, and if you stroll around Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds you could be savouring a coffee from the Wilds Café at the same time.

Although the temperatures may make you feel like hibernating, you shouldn’t neglect your garden tasks this month as you need to help your garden prepare for winter, and for the following spring.

Any organic plant material – like all those fallen leaves – can be used to create mulch, and the more of this you can add to your garden, the better. Mulch enriches soil and helps it to retain moisture, as well as keeping roots warm on chilly days.

Few sights are sadder than a colourless winter garden, but with a little preparatory work this autumn you can still enjoy a multi-hued display of flowering aloes, blossoming bedding plants or lovely foliage.

It’s simply a matter of planting your winter seedlings during autumn – we’re talking plants such as snapdragons, pansies, violas, alyssum (Alisons), primulas, delphiniums, dianthus, foxgloves and petunias. 

If you have a vegetable garden, now is the time to plant winter crops like onions, cabbage, broccoli, peas and broad beans for those delicious homemade soups and stews – perfect for a cold winter’s night or to warm you up after a morning in the garden.

While working in your winter garden, don't forget to think ahead to spring and plant accordingly. The end of April – when the soil temperature is cooler - is an ideal time to start planting spring-flowering bulbs. Why not focus on indigenous bulbs such as fragrant freesias, colourful crocosmia (coppertips or falling stars), ixias, sparaxis (harlequin flowers) and tritonias (flame freesias)? Or if you prefer, anemones, daffodils, hyacinth and ranunculus.

To ensure the wellbeing of your garden, do all your pruning at the beginning of autumn, and burn or dispose of any diseased sections to avoid infecting other plants in your garden.

Remember the rhyme “autumn leaves are falling... your garden is calling" and you won’t go far wrong this fall. Start or add to your compost heap, using dead leaves, spent flowers, old plants, grass cuttings and raw vegetable kitchen waste. Think of it as an investment in the future health of your garden (and be careful not to throw weeds or diseased plants into your compost heap).

Most importantly, enjoy the crispness in the air and the seasonal changes that are happening all around you. 

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Go with the flow

The only limitation to garden design is your imagination, and one of the best ways to express your creativity is by adding a water feature.

The sound of gently flowing water is deeply relaxing, and water features create visual interest.

Of course, water is vital to any garden, so why not celebrate it by drawing attention to the way it sparkles in the sunlight?

Whether you want to install a small feature on your patio, or something larger to form a focal point for your entire garden, our new range has everything you need.

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A rose for remembrance

2018 is Nelson Mandela’s centenary, and Keith was honoured to have been involved in selecting a rose that all South Africans can plant in memory of Madiba.

The Nelson Mandela rose – appropriately enough – is no ordinary rose. It’s a beautiful, orange-vermillion, prolific floribunda rose which grows to more than a metre in good conditions.

Just like Nelson Mandela himself – a man who saw roses where others saw only thorns - this rose is resilient and stands tall. It’s available now to pre-order from Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds by emailing marketing.kkw@keithkirsten.com