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Container Gardens 58 Stories

Most edibles do well in containers, and in some cases even prefer them. For gardeners with poor soil, or no soil at all, container gardening can be a way to create the edible garden your landscape wouldn’t otherwise allow you — all within steps of your house. But where to start? San Francisco Bay Area gardening consultant...
The Secret Formula for Grouping Plants in a Pot
I thought I was pretty clever when I came up with a successful formula for a plant combination in a pot. I’d make my plant selections using an “uppy,” a “downy” and a “bulky.” The uppy for height. The...
7 Great Container Plants for Early-Spring Appeal
In cold climates early spring is still too early for planting containers with summer-blooming annuals. It’s best to wait until you are past your average last frost date. But that...
Container Gardening Basics: The Dirt on Soil
The right soil or potting medium is essential for a successful container garden. The right soil will feed your plants and encourage strong root systems; the wrong soil can result in failure. It may sound simple, but it takes a variety of ingredients to...
Container Garden Basics: How and When to Water Potted Plants
“How often do I need to water?” is usually the first question I get from clients after finishing their container gardens. It’s an important question, and the simple, honest answer is that you should water as often as the plant requires. But determining...
Container Garden Basics: Mix Textures to Catch the Eye
Successful container arrangements depend on many factors; some, such as color, are more obvious than others. But the subtler element of texture can take an arrangement from tiresome to terrific. A design that uses plants with the same texture, via...
10 Easy Edibles to Grow in Containers
Growing vegetables and herbs is so tempting, especially as the weather warms up. Who doesn’t want to wander out in the garden and pick the freshest, ripest edibles for the next meal? But it can feel like it’s just a dream if you don’t have a sunny...
7 Deer-Resistant Flowers for Your Summer Containers
Deer are the bane of many gardeners' existences. For good reason, too — it's an awful feeling to wake up in the morning and find nothing but stems and dirt where a perfect garden once sat. But before you're tempted to give up gardening entirely,...
Superstar Annuals for Containers and Baskets
I demand a lot of my container plants. I expect them to bloom prolifically with little or no deadheading or to have fabulous foliage — preferably both. I don’t want to pinch them back, prop them up or do much more than water them regularly (and I...
5 Fall Fruits You Can Grow in Containers
Few things suggest the bounty of early fall more than the sight of fruit ripening, even if it's growing on a little plant in a pot on your patio. Although producing enough of a harvest to make pies or juice is usually a big-time project, growing fruits...
3 Steps to Creating Quick, Easy and Colorful Succulent Containers
Succulents are the darlings of the horticultural world. Imaginative displays in nurseries and garden centers tempt us to create a succulent masterpiece of our own. Yet with so...
7 Container Plantings to Bring Winter Gardens to Life
Winter can be bland at the best of times. While the structure plants of your garden can usually hold interest all year, containers that punctuate key areas of the space in the summer can look pretty tired once winter rolls around. We like to combat this...
Grow a Beautiful Fall Garden in a Pot
I don’t know about you, but where I live (USDA zone 6) it’s been a long, hot, dry summer. With triple-digit temperatures for most of the summer, my containers look worse for the...
Stretch the Budget, Seasons and Style: Add Conifers to Your Containers
Perhaps your perception of using conifers in containers is limited to a weary topiary spiral juniper gathering cobwebs by the front door, or a young Alberta spruce dressed up in a gaudy foil pot cover and decorated with a cheap red velvet bow, as seen...
10 Boo-tiful Black Plants for Halloween
Halloween is around the corner, and if you're lucky, soon droves of candy-seeking ghouls and goblins will be at your door. Does your entryway show your holiday spirit? If not, here are some terrific black-hued plants to make a hauntingly memorable...
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