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Gifts for gardeners: containers

COMPILED BY LYNNE YATES AND LOREN SHIRLEY-CARR PHOTOGRAPHS LOREN SHIRLEY-CARR CONTAINERS PLANTED BY INA PAUW
Last updated on 31 October 2016

Everyone appreciates a present that’s been created with care and love. So this year take a little time and trouble and pot up a container with your loved one’s favourite plants

1. NATURAL CHARM

For someone with a busy lifestyle, a selection of low-maintenance succulents is ideal and very on trend. Vary the colours, sizes and leaf textures to add interest to the arrangement. Plant them in a plastic container with drainage holes before placing them in the basket. The recipient can then either mist them or take the container out of the basket before watering.

low-maintenance succulents in a basket

2. PICK OF THE PATCH

You can’t go wrong with a container overflowing with herbs. Look for those with similar water and light requirements and choose herbs that’ll appeal to the recipient. A cook will love this combination of frilly ‘Lolla Rosa’ lettuce, ‘Silver Posie’ thyme and rosemary. Or plant a mix of Italian herbs such as basil, oregano and Italian parsley for a pizza lover and a combo of lemon grass, coriander and chilli for those who love Thai foods.

mixed herbs in a basket

3. A FULL EFFECT

If you want to use containers that don’t have drainage holes, plant your chosen plants in small plastic pots and place these inside the containers so that they can be removed for watering. Colourful annuals like pansies, petunias and verbenas can be planted out in the garden after the festive season.

pansies, petunias and verbenas in a container

4. STAYING SINGLE

Less is often more. A single echeveria planted in a container wrapped in hessian secured with string or ribbon makes a simple but personal gift.

A single echeveria planted in a container

5. THE ONCE OVER

Rejuvenate old containers with chalk paint like Annie Sloan’s (no sanding or priming needed) and plant up with a pretty combination of pink dianthus and white violas. Ideal for the flower lover.

pink dianthus and white violas in a container

 

Sources:

All plants and containers are available from Lifestyle Home Garden
011 792 5616 or lifestyle.co.za

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