PROPERTY NEWS - If you'd love a low-maintenance and pretty garden or live in a water-scarce area then drought-proof wild garlic is for you. With its slender stems and leaves, topped with lovely lilac blooms, wild garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) is an attractive addition to any garden.
Here is why:
- Brilliant for borders.
- Particularly pretty planted in mass, it is said to help deter pests and may even ward off snakes.
- This makes it a wonderful plant to add to vegetable garden borders or along the edge of your property if you live near open fields or nature reserves.
- Fuss-free and easy to propagate.
- Not only is the pretty flowering plant water-wise, it can also be planted in a sunny or semi-shaded spot.
This attractive plant is ideal for the herb garden, as both the leaves and flowers can be used in salads and other dishes. The crushed leaves may be used to help cure sinus headaches and to discourage moles from the garden (by their strong smell). The smell repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes when crushed on the skin.
Give it some time and the plant will grow new shoots. This means that you will be able to divide the clumping plant and spread the new plants around your garden.
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