Go to pot this summer

Johannesburg - The holiday season is here and outdoor entertaining and family festivities mean the focus will be on your patio, home and entrance.

So give some thought to revitalising your garden for the festivities.

Plant up containers of pelargoniums in the full sun against walls for instant colour.

The easiest and quickest way to give your outdoor entertainment areas an instant and colourful “lift” is to add some attractive containers filled with fast-growing and colourful annuals and perennials.

Containers can also be used to provide positive focal points in a newly planted or lacklustre border.

50 shades of green

Never underestimate the 50 shades of green that vegetables and herbs can offer your colour scheme when you are planting up containers.

Speed up their impact of the colours by buying packs of ready-grown herbs and vegetable seedlings from your local garden centre.

Look out for the following vegetables that you can plant up in containers this month: beans, beet, brinjals, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumbers, gems, lettuce, leeks, marrows, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnip. If you are looking for herbs, try basil, borage, parsley or thyme.

Colour for summer

Make use of the following ideas to have stunning colour with minimum effort:

- Saturday Star