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Pots of scented dwarf gar­de­nia, Mex­i­can orange blos­som ( Choisya ter­nata), lil­i­ums and nico­tiana will add to the en­joy­ment of sit­ting out­doors. Both ivy leaf and zonale pelargo­ni­ums are suit­able for pots and hang­ing bas­kets, and there are scented pelargo­ni­ums with leaves that when crushed smell of rose, cit­rus, nut­meg or pep­per­mint.

Be re­al­is­tic about what you can do in hot weather, and try to work in the gar­den in the early morn­ing or cool of evening. On hot days, wear pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and a hat, use sun­screen and

drink plenty of flu­ids.

As an al­ter­na­tive to im­pa­tiens, plant bronze or green-leaved bed­ding be­go­nias with flow­ers of white, red, light or dark pink in par­tial shade or morn­ing sun, along paths and in clus­ters in the front of flowerbeds. Grow coleus for its colour­ful fo­liage in semi or light shade.

Al­stroe­me­rias (Inca lilies) are beau­ti­ful peren­ni­als with a long flow­er­ing pe­riod and a choice of many colours. Taller va­ri­eties will need stak­ing. “Princess” al­stroe­me­rias are com­pact grow­ing and use­ful for edg­ing beds and for con­tain­ers. They are at­trac­tive grown with day lilies and roses in sim­i­lar shades.

If you like vi­brant and bold colours, and plants that with­stand heat, plant groups of celosia (cockscomb) with silky feath­ery plumes of pink, gold, orange, red or ma­roon. Gaily coloured zin­nias are also able to with­stand heat. They range in height from tall cac­tus-flow­ered va­ri­eties to dwarf Thum­be­li­nas in colours of pink, prim­rose, gold, orange, red and pur­ple.

SCENTED: It’s time to plant pelargo­ni­ums.

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