Figs are dripping with fruit and their sweet soft flesh is a favourite of many. They will fruit successfully in a large pot and can be trained to espalier along a wall for a unique feature. Unfortunately, a fig tree’s reputation precedes them, and the root system can be very destructive if not contained. Small garden = large pot.
Never plant a fig tree in a small backyard unless the root system is contained with a professionally installed root barrier product. Figs are also a favourite of the fruit fly. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between fruit fly larvae and fig. A handy tip to prevent fruit fly damage is to cover the fruit with a paper bag a few weeks before they are ripe. This will also prevent bird damage and you can enjoy fresh pesticide free figs.
For summer colour in pots, look no further than the Adenium or Desert Rose. Perfect for beginner gardeners will reward you with large open flowers ranging in colour from white to hot pink. This tropical shrub loves hot dry conditions and is ideal as a potted plant on a patio or in a protected, yet well-lit courtyard.