impact. If the entrance is sunny, choose marigold, salvia, nicotiana, petunia and vinca, with trailing lobelia and alyssum to soften the edges. The Madeira series of marguerite daisies (argyranthemums) are compact growing and very floriferous, making them ideal for containers.
Plants for shady entrances include hydrangeas in half-barrels or large pots, and in smaller pots, fuchsias, bedding begonia and New Guinea impatiens. Torenias are compact with dainty flowers of blue, purple or pink with yellow throats, and are suitable for edgings, beds, pots, hanging baskets and window boxes.
Water roses deeply once a week if no significant amount of rain falls, and mulch to conserve moisture, always avoiding contact with the stems. Dead-heading roses is a form of summer pruning, but leave sufficient foliage to protect the stems.
Summer rains wash away nutrients in gardens. Fertilise lawns with Blade Runner, shrubs and flowers with Bounceback, and feed container plants with Multifeed Classic, a watersoluble fertiliser.
SEASONAL: Plant hydrangeas beside an entrance.