BRING COLOUR TO THE TABLE
Whether your Christmas colour theme is snowy white, sparkly silver and purple, or traditional green, gold and red, coordinate decorations with some gorgeous pots of flowers to brighten up the Christmas dinner table or outdoor entertainment area. Early November is the time to start planting so that potted creations look fabulous for the Christmas party season. Wonderful plant choices for the season include crisp white lobelias, alyssum and geraniums combined with the trailing dichondra Silver Falls. Or try hanging baskets filled with vibrant red calibrachoas and cascading white lobelia. Another option is a planter bowl with a showy red geranium in the centre surrounded by a halo of white alyssum. Purple and white petunias and the grey-leafed cineraria Silver Dust can be planted together in a decorative trough. To promote lots of healthy growth and festive flowers, keep the pots well-watered and feed each week with a flower food. Find a complete plant food that is boosted with additional flower-promoting potassium. Regularly trim off any dead flowers to help keep the plants looking tidy. Before guests arrive, add some final touches to the pots such as ribbons, baubles and sprigs of holly and tinsel.