Thursday, June 7, 2012



The magic of Hogsback gardens


As a visitor you will be amazed at the diversity of exotic and indigenous plant species that grow in this mystical mountain hideaway – like the united nations of the plant kingdom ! The high rainfall, cold winters and highly fertile soil make Hogsback a gardeners’ paradise. Visitors from Europe, USA, Canada and South Africa will all find plant species that they are familiar with. Shrubs  such as Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Kalmias, Hydrangeas, Vibernum ; trees such as Dogwoods, Maples, Walnut, Copper Beech, Magnolia, Chestnut, Hazelnut, Ornamental Cherry and Crab Apple. All these mixed with a huge array of indigenous trees, bulbs, annuals and perennials. 

Roses also grow well and there are some beautiful rose gardens in Hogsback. 

One of the gardens “Mistlea “ is featured in the book “Veld, Vlei and Rose Gardens”  ( ISBN 9780981431574) together with 40 other rose gardens in SA,  published by Otterley Press in 2011 to coincide with the World Rose Convention to be held in SA in October 2012. Read the review.

Each garden that you visit will have its own unique charm and mystique imprinted on it by the first gardener and cared for by the gardeners who followed. Experienced gardeners from all over the world have been entranced by the diversity of species and the unique nature of the Hogsback gardens.

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