Plant colour for Christmas
Get moving now if you want colour in your Christmas garden. Plant seedlings of marigold, torenia, zinnia and nasturtium. In cooler areas, you can also put in petunia and delphinium. Pot up portable containers you can move around for best effect. Calibrachoas, such as Superbells ‘Holy Moly!’ (above), are hard to beat for sustained flowering. They’re like small petunias but come in a wider range of colours, including yellow and orange. Some have a trailing habit, making them ideal for underplanting larger specimens in established containers. (There’s more on growing calibrachoa in next month’s issue.) Many old-fashioned, slightly maligned plants are now available in modern versions that make a great summer show. Look for early-blooming dwarf dahlias, mini sunflowers and vibrant cannas. Even the humble sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is now available in ornamental versions with colourful leaves that look great trailing down the sides of a large pot.