Pots that just keep giv­ing

You don't have to have rolling lawns and lush beds; all you need for gar­den glory are pots – as many as you can man­age, says Jackie French.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CLIPPINGS -

Ev­ery­one can have a gen­er­ous gar­den. If you have a sunny win­dowsill, hang bas­kets. If you are broke, use tin cans and put in drainage holes. If you have a pa­tio that gets four hours of sun a day, or wide steps, pots are a great gar­den op­tion.

Most gen­er­ous veg for pots Red-stemmed Ital­ian

chicory Tall, slim, el­e­gant and great in sal­ads or stir-fries. It’s beau­ti­ful enough to be a dis­play pot on your win­dowsill.

Bronze fen­nel Ferny and del­i­cate, its aniseed flavour suits sal­ads or fish.

New Zealand spinach This NZ del­i­cacy is su­perb in quiches and soups but first needs blanch­ing for 30 sec­onds in boil­ing wa­ter to re­move ox­alates.

Cherry tomato If planted in spring and again in late sum­mer, the new plants will keep fruit­ing in a sunny spot such as a win­dowsill or glasshouse.

Most gen­er­ous fruit for pots

Win­ter rhubarb With or­na­men­tal red stems, this sur­vives the cold and loves hang­ing bas­kets.

Dwarf lemon or lemon­ade trees These mostly crop in win­ter, but if you pick the fruit reg­u­larly they’ll re­peat-flower with a few through­out sum­mer too.

Pas­sion­fruit Glossy leaves and pretty, fra­grant flow­ers are fol­lowed by de­li­cious fruit. En­sure the vine has a sup­port struc­ture to climb on.

Most gen­er­ous flow­ers for pots

Dwarf gre­vil­leas Small ever-bloom­ing va­ri­eties in­clude Lady O and Deua Flame. They grow about a me­tre high. Dwarf bougainvil­lea

The bright bracts that sur­round the tiny white flow­ers keep their colour in a sunny spot, or for nine months of the year in cold ar­eas.

Spread­ing petu­nias Place in a frost-free spot (such as a sunny win­dowsill) and if they die down in win­ter they will come back in spring.

Cal­en­dula spp Mod­ern cal­en­du­las come in or­anges and yel­lows, sin­gles and dou­bles.

Most gen­er­ous herbs for pots

Gar­lic chives These don’t die down like or­di­nary chives.

Spring onions Clip the tops to chop into sal­ads and stir-fries and the clumps will get larger every year.

Rose­mary Choose a pros­trate rose­mary with bright blue win­ter blooms and ev­er­green fra­grant leaves.

Lip­stick chillis Bright-red fruit, pur­ple flow­ers and a peren­nial bush that’s gor­geous when trimmed neatly.

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