We all love spending time in our ‘outdoor rooms’ like decks, verandas and patios. It’s easy to jazz up these spaces with a few potted plants, which can be both decorative and delicious! Here are a few ideas to transform your outdoor spaces.
Growing your own leafy greens means you have an ongoing supply of fresh and healthy salad ingredients when you need them. Find a sunny spot on a deck, patio or veranda that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day, fill a Yates Tuscan Pot (40 cm diameter is ideal) with quality potting mix and sow or plant a range of vegies like loose leaf lettuces, baby spinach, rocket, tatsoi and spring onions. Keep the potting mix moist, feed regularly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food and you’ll have a delicious deck salad!
Tip: Yates Tuscan pots are available in a range of on trend colours to suit your exterior design, including terracotta and the very popular Dulux colours Timeless Grey and Monument.
A bunch of herbs like rosemary, thyme, parsley, basil and oregano are perfect to use as a fragrant BBQ basting brush or to take back into the kitchen to add to your gourmet creations. It’s easy to grow a few pots of herbs in sunny outdoor spaces, so you’ll never have to buy supermarket herbs again. Grow warmth loving Mediteranean type herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano together (they look great in terracotta pots) and combine lush leafy herbs like parsley, basil and coriander in a decorative trough. They’ll look (and taste) fantastic.
The cooler months don’t have to be drab if you include a few pots of vibrant flowers in your outdoor spaces. Pots, window boxes and hanging baskets of violas and pansies, alyssum, lobelia, English daisies, cornflowers, lavender and salvias help make your outdoor entertaining and relaxing areas inviting and colourful. Don’t forget to feed your potted flowers each week with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food, to help promote lots of fabulous flowers.
Citrus trees like oranges, mandarins and lemons have lush green leaves, fragrant white spring flowers and colourful and delicious fruit. They could almost be the perfect plant! Dwarf varieties of citrus are compact and perfect for growing in pots and half wine barrels in sunny outdoor positions. Keep the most common citrus insect pests, such as aphids and scale, under control with Yates Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray. It’s based on natural ingredients and approved for use in organic gardening. Citrus make a lovely leafy addition to a deck or patio and you’ll have fresh and juicy fruit to enjoy too.