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Container Gardens 51 Ideabooks

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 downy to cascade over the rim of the container. And...
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...
10 Expert Tips for Growing Edibles in Containers
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...
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...
Beat the Frost With Natural Terra-Cotta Containers
As the first frost blackens the summer bedding in our pots and containers, thoughts may go to replanting for the spring with hardy bedding plants and spring-flowering bulbs. It’s a good time to think...
Branches Bring the Winter Spirit to Container Gardens
Now that winter is just around the corner, consider refreshing your container gardens to reflect the season and prepare them for spring. Using tree branches can add drama and vertical dimension to your outdoor container arrangements with minimal cost...
Make a Beautiful and Long-Lasting Driftwood Centerpiece
Colorful succulents tucked into a pretty piece of driftwood make for a long-lasting centerpiece that brings the beauty of nature indoors. To make this piece, I planted exotic succulents and tillandsias in a piece of driftwood I found on the beach in Washington....
New Colors for Your Fall Planters
I love creating fall container gardens and often stick to standard autumn colors. But I had an epiphany during a trip to my local nursery: Fall containers can look just as stunning and seasonal without the traditional red, orange, yellow and brown. Simply...
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