Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

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.

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