MAKE A HOT POT

Gardening Australia - - PLANTS -

Cal­i­bra­choa and petu­nia are ideal for pots and make great dis­plays when com­bined with other an­nu­als, peren­ni­als and grasses.

Here’s how to cre­ate a fea­ture pot. For best ef­fect, se­lect a con­tainer that ties in with the colour scheme of your plant­ing. Featured here is a cop­per pot paired with a hot-coloured plant mix for sum­mer. It in­cludes the cal­i­bra­choa Mil­lion Bells ‘Crack­ling Fire’ (re­place with Mil­lion Bells ‘Crack­ling Chimes’), French marigolds, San­vi­talia procum­bens, Carex co­mans

‘Milk Choco­late’ (re­place with C. ‘Or­ange Sedge’) and two gaza­nias from the Ga­zoo series, ‘Clear Or­ange’ and ‘Clear Yel­low’. 1 CHOOSE a large pot 30–40cm wide and fill it with a premium pot­ting mix that has fer­tiliser added. Mix in some wa­ter crys­tals and a few good hand­fuls of coir peat to help re­tain mois­ture on hot days. 2 PLANT your grass in the mid­dle, as this is the nat­u­ral cen­tre­piece of your dis­play, and se­cure the leaves with an elas­tic band. This makes it eas­ier to place other plants around it.

3 AR­RANGE re­main­ing plants around the grass, then re­move the elas­tic band and wa­ter your plants in well.

4 PO­SI­TION your pot in a sunny spot among other plants in the gar­den.

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