Welcome to Doonholm Nursery

We are a "Specialist Wholesale Nursery" growing Herbs and a wide variety of Annuals, Shrubs and Perennial Ground Covers for the Gauteng province and nearby provinces in South Africa.  As a Wholesale Nursery we unfortunately do not supply to the public directly, but rather to Retail Nurseries, large chain store groups, landscapers and developers.


We market the major plant ranges i.e - Herbs and Ground Covers under the following consumer brands:

Healthy Living Herbs

The name in herbs to be trusted for the best results. Follow our easy growing plans and tips, and you and your family will surely enjoy the benefits of freshly and naturally grown herbs in your daily life.

Visit the Healthy Living Herbs website for more Herbal information and follow us on Social Media to stay in touch:

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Cover Itt

Cover itt brings you annuals, ground covers and perennials that is easy to grow to ensure gardening success. We provide in-depth information about all the tried and tested ground covers and perennials that will stimulate and encourage gardeners to make their gardens a haven for all.

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Bidens Golden Empire

Felicia Blue




Traditional Use:
Sutherlandia, or also more commonly known as the Cancer Bush, has a rich history of being used as a traditional medicine in South Africa. Even today, it is widely used and very popular as a natural medicine to improve conditions relating to the immune system and inflammatory conditions.

A Tonic:
It can be described as a Tonic for the body, bringing balance and optimal function where required.

Tonic herbs are used to nourish, tone and restore the organ systems of the body, encouraging them to perform at their innate capacity and function.

The long list of benefits that has traditionally and historically been associated with Sutherlandii includes, but not limited, to the treatment of skin conditions and inflammation, cancer, fevers, diabetes, kidney & liver problems, rheumatism and stomach ailments.
It may also relieve symptoms associated with a modern lifestyle such as depression and stress.

Truly a herb that is worth taking to balance and restore health and wellbeing.

Read more about Sutherlandii



Brighten up your autumn and winter days with vivid yellow and orange coloured Calendula flowers.

Nature always gives you what you need, when you need it !

More than just a visual treat, the Calendula flowers are loaded with healing properties for internal and external use.

Fill about a 1/3 of a cup with freshly picked flower petals from your garden. Pour boiled water over the petals to the top of the cup. Cover with a saucer and let it steep for around 15 to 20 minutes or until the tea is cool enough to drink.

Use this health promoting Calendula Tea as a preventative measure to optimize your immune system and be prepared to handle the onslaught of colds and flu this coming winter season.

Read more about Calendula



Bidens Golden EmpireTIMELESS BEAUTY

Be rewarded with an abundance and continuous display of extra-large, golden yellow flowers from Spring to early Winter.
The tiny, deeply cut fern like leaves bring a fine and delicate texture to the garden in contrast with the big petalled golden flowers.
Truly a spectacular plant to grow in the garden, containers or hanging baskets.

Even better is that it doesn't require much maintenance. A light prune after the main flowering period will encourage new growth and another round of Golden Yellow Flowers. At the same time add some organic fertilizer to ensure the plant has all the nutrients necessary to put on a brilliant show.

Butterflies and bees absolutely love these bright yellow flowers and it is a great way to encourage these beneficial insects into your garden.

Grow Bidens Golden Empire in a sunny position for the best results and spread some organic mulch on top of the soil to ensure optimum soil conditions. The healthier the roots the better the flower display.

See more about the Cover-Itt range




A perennial Basil that is easy to grow and will produce tasty, colourful and aromatic basil leaves nearly all year round.

Use the fresh leaves in the same way as you would use normal Fresh Sweet Basil leaves - in salads, pesto, sandwiches, pasta sauces, cooking and teas.

It grows best when planted in full sun, or a minimum of 4 hours direct sunlight.

As a decorative specimen it is ideal to grow in containers as long as the soil has good drainage and it is give organic fertilizer at least once a month.

Grows about 80 cm in height and 50cm wide.

Read more about Basil



Looking for a flowering shrub that is easy to grow and will give you a long-lasting flower display?

Then look no further than the tried and trusted Daisy Bush. They are easy to grow and does not require much maintenance.

They are ideal for mass planting, mixed flower borders and even as a container plant.

Available in a range of cheerful colours - yellow, red, pink, white and burgundy - they will not only brighten up any garden but also your day.

Daisies grow and flower at their best when planted in a position where they get full sun every day.

Fertilize once a month with an organic fertilizer to ensure optimum growth and flower display.

Read more about our Cover-Itt Range



Rated as one of the best sources of natural antioxidants, such as polyphenols that is well known for its potent antioxidant capacities.

Research suggests that a diet rich in polyphenols may help reduce stress, inflammation, and the risk of several diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.

As powerful antioxidants they prevent or reverse damage in your cells caused by aging, the environment, and your lifestyle.

Over time, this damage is linked to an increased risk of many chronic diseases.

When preparing asparagus, try not to either overcook or undercook it.

Although cooking the veggie helps activate its cancer-fighting potential, letting it boil or sauté for too long can negate some nutritional benefits.

Read more about Asparagus




It seems as though Coriander, especially the seed as a spice, has been highly valued in ancient civilizations.

Apparently, through archeological discovery, there is evidence of its cultivation and use by humans dating back to about 6000 years ago in populated areas stretching from Egypt to Turkey, Central Asia and Persia.

The unique and distinct flavour of Coriander found its way around the world and became part of the food culture of many nations.

It has become a flavour that is enjoyed around the world and one of the most popular herbs grown by gardeners today.

Grow some fresh coriander in your garden and be connected to a millennia old cultural heritage.

Read more about Coriander




Masses of colourful flowers with a subtle fragrance, makes Nemesias one of the most popular garden plants around the world that originated from South African soil.

It's indigenous roots, literally and figuratively speaking, makes Nemesia a low maintenance and easy to grow garden plant in South African gardens.

Indeed a beauty to treasure and be proud of.

Read more about Nemesias and how to grow them here.



The Joy of Oregano

Originating in the mountains of Greece where it was believed that this aromatic herb was created by the Goddess Aphrodite. She wanted it to be a symbol of Joy growing in her garden.

The word "oregano" comes from the Greek words "oros" for mountain and "ganos" for Joy ~ Joy of the Mountains

Since its first cultivation thousands of years ago, oregano has become a popular culinary ingredient around the world.

Read more about Oregano.


Phlox paniculata

Phlox paniculata

Are you looking for an easy to grow perennial with showy, sweetly fragrant flowers and a long flowering season?

Then look no further than the impressive Phlox paniculata varieties with its non-stop flowering season throughout the summer until early autumn.

Not only will you absolutely fall in love with them, but they are also adored by hummingbirds, butterflies and bees for the sweet supply of nectar.

Top Tips for Growing Success:
- Grow them in full sun
- Pick the flowers or deadhead as far down the stem as possible to ensure a neat appearance and to promote new flowers.


Dog Grass

Nutritious & Digestive Support

As part of the Family, the health and well-being of our Pets have become one of the important aspects of daily live.

The best care is preventative care, making sure that your furr kids have optimum nutrition and a health promoting environment.

Dog grass is easy to grow, either in a pot or in your garden, where it will easily be accessible for your doggy to munch on when they feel the need.

This will give them access to natural nutrition that will also support the function of the digestive system.

Go ahead - Spoil your Doggy with some Healthy Living Dog Grass!

Read more articles about Herbal Pet Care.


Armeria Pink Petite

Attractive, fine, grass-like leaves provide an interesting textural presence all year round.

Soft, pink coloured flowers cluster together to form impressive round globes.

Armeria is a hardy groundcover and will grow under the following conditions:
• Sunny to semi-shade areas
• Cold tolerant
• Heat tolerant
• Drought tolerant

It is easy to grow and low maintenance once established.



Benefits of Groundcovers:

• They fill in gaps and provide continuity.

• Versatile, they can also be planted in containers and hanging baskets.

• If chosen correctly, they’re low maintenance.

• They smother weeds, keep the soil cool, and reduce evaporation.

• Softer than paving, they’re more environmentally friendly.

• Those with light variegated foliage lighten up dark shady areas.

• They prevent erosion on slopes and banks.



Soothing & Relaxing

• Do you feel a bit down or anxious today?
• Take any small string bag, pick some of your Lavender flowers in the garden and fill the bag
• Find a spot where you can sit down for a moment
• Hold the bag in both hands and gently squeeze …
• Then, bring the hands to the nose and take a deep, relaxing breath in through the nose … and exhale ….
• … repeat and enjoy the soothing and balancing benefits of the Lavender aroma


Fresh herbs

Fresh is Best for Cooking

• Too much effort to go and pick Fresh, Homegrown Herbs from the garden every time you are busy in the kitchen?
• We have an idea that will ensure you always have fresh, homegrown herbs at your fingertips every time you prepare a meal.
• Next time when you are in your garden, just pick a handful of the herbs that are looking great.
• Place the freshly cut herbs in a container with water, making sure the stem ends are submerged in water.
• Place the container with fresh herbs within easy reach of the food preparation area.
• This way you always have fresh herbs available whenever you are cooking or just making a delicious sandwich
• Pinch a few leaves and add to your favourite meal for an instant taste sensation.


French Tarragon

Use Fines Herbes to season mildly flavored dishes, such as omelets, fish, and vegetables:

Combine the following Fresh Herbs:

  • 4 teaspoons chopped French Tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chervil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme
  • 2 tablespoon snipped chives

Bon Appétit



Herbs with a tropical tang, like pineapple or lemon, are the most popular for flavouring cocktails and coolers.
Treat yourslef and loved ones with the following basic cooler/punch recipe:

1 cup of herb leaves (Pineapple Sage or Mint or Mint Julep, etc)
2 cups of hot water
Pour boiling water over herb leaves and let it steep for about 15min. to make a strong infusion.

Strain the herb leaves and add the infusion to the fruit concentrate, Soda water and Ginger Ale in a punch bowl:
250 ml Fruit concentrate
500 ml Soda water to dilute
500 ml Ginger Ale

Add to this some lemon slices, fresh herb leaves and lots of ice.
Dress it up with extra fruit, cocktail cherries, crushed ice, etc.

For more information on what herbs to use for summery drinks


Green Pepper

For juicy, firm and tasty green peppers, they need:

  1. To grow in an area that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
  2. Make sure the ground is well composted and fertilized
  3. Mulch around the plants in order to retain moisture during the hot summer months.

Give it a try and enjoy yummy homegrown Green Peppers

For more info on growing healthy herbs and veggies



Have you ever cooked with Marjoram?

If you haven't, you're missing out!

It is one of the most popular culinary herbs and it's delicate, citrusy flavour makes it especially versatile.
Like oregano and other mint relatives, marjoram plays nicely with tomato and is commonly included in tomato-based dishes.

Its mild flavour makes it a good addition to uncooked preparations like salad dressings.

Grow some today and use it fresh or dried to flavour soups, stews, sauces, dressings, meat and teas.

Plant it in a sunny position with well drained, composted soil.

For more information on Marjoram


Beacon Impatiens


High resistance to Impatiens downy mildew.
Garden Impatiens are back!
Beacon Impatiens are highly resistant to Impatiens downy mildew, which means they're going to give season long colour and thrive in landscapes!
They don't get sick like the old ones did!For happy plants all season long - make sure you buy

"Cover-itt Beacon Impatiens"

... look for the label and ask for it by name!


Perennial Basil

Do you want to make a positive difference to your environment?

Why not start your own Bee Garden?

It is easy to do and highly rewarding.

Let's have a look a three ways to attract bees to your garden:

  1. Choose plants that flower all year long
  2. Plant in groups so that the bees do not have to travel far as they only focus on one type of plant at a time
  3. Have fresh water in shallow bowls available for the bees to drink from.

Perennial Basil is an ideal plant to use as it flowers for most of the year. It will also add colour to your garden with its attractive display of flowers.
An added bonus is that you can also use the leaves to make delicious Basil Pesto.

For more information on other Bee Loving Herbs

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 As a Wholesale Nursery we do not trade directly with the public, but our products can be found in leading Garden Centers and Retail Nurseries in Gauteng, Limpopo, North West and parts of Mpumalanga Provinces.

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The Trade Price List is only available to our registered customers. Contact us for any trade enquiries.