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.