Start a container garden this spring and transform a paved patio or balcony into a naturally fragrant and colourful retreat…

All you need is the right location, a few containers and some colourful flowers to brighten up any area in your garden, patio or balcony.

September’s potted garden top picks are roses, marigolds, impatiens and begonias.

For sunny spots:

  • Roses – container-grown roses live happily for years when given what they need. Choose the right rose – fragrant, compact, disease-resistant varieties with continual bloom perform best. Avoid climbers or large shrub roses and place your pot in a sunny location.
  • Marigolds are easygoing plants that bloom reliably, even in punishing heat and poor to average soil. Although they are beautiful in the ground, growing marigolds in containers is a surefire way to enjoy this delightful plant. They are available in orange, yellow, mahogany or bicolour, and in double or single blooms.

For shady spots:

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  • Impatiens are shade tolerant and very easy to grow. They do very well in containers and hanging baskets. Because they like shade, they can be grown in many areas of your home that may not typically sustain plant life. They come in a variety of colours and will perform best in well-drained soil.
  • Begonias are found in shades of white, pink, yellow, and scarlet. They are hardy and easy to grow in containers. All it requires is a little sun, a little water, and much love. Begonias like to sit in locations that have daily full to partial morning sunlight and afternoon shade and prefer well-drained soil.

Source: www.lifeisagarden.co.za