Going potty with decoration

Cape Town - Dry winds and the heat of summer are here, so it’s time to focus on decorating your patio, home and entrance with pots of waterwise shrubs and attractive colour. The easiest and quickest way to give your outdoor entertainment areas an instant and colourful “lift” is to add attractive containers filled with fast-growing and colourful annuals and perennials.

The same applies to the entrance area, where shade-loving annuals can be used to create that all-important welcoming first impression.

Large containers filled with topiary soften driveways and large areas of paving.Containers filled with summer-flowering St Joseph's lilies make a soft statement in a green garden.Plant pelargoniums in containers in the full sun against walls for instant colour.

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

Never underestimate the 50 shades of green that vegetables and herbs can offer your colour scheme when you are planting containers. Hasten their effect by buying packs of ready-grown herbs and vegetable seedlings.

Look for the following vegetables that you can plant 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 and turnips. If you are looking for herbs, try basil, borage, parsley or thyme.

Designing with containers:

What can you do to perk up your home with containers? Consider these ideas this summer:

- Weekend Argus