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  • Instant Garden! Many of us need instant gratification when the weather turns warm. The first chance I get to go outside in the spring, I'm there. Yes, I LOVE to make my own containers, but I need some right away color too! For instance, I don't plant up my own hanging baskets, although I do plant my window boxes myself, so my baskets can go right up!
  • Change Your Mind. Pots and containers are moveable. Rearrange a grouping, put them in a spot with more shade or sun.
  • A Star is Born. Highlight plants you love. Have a hibiscus that knocks your socks off? Plant it up in a pot with some lower growing plants and give it special status by setting it among other plantings.
  • COLOR, COLOR, COLOR! Not only do plants and flowers fill your senses with color and texture, but when they're combined with pottery, urns or wooden containers, you have yourself an opportunity to surround yourself with visual stimulation.
  • Wasteland to Garden in One Day. Have an area with lots of big tree roots? An unused cement path near the driveway? No intention of digging out a new garden bed? Bring in a garden!
Less Reading. More Garden. I'll stop giving you reasons to try container gardens, and give you inspiration. Let's look at pictures!
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Vary the size and height of a grouping.
Tall containers and vertical plants like
ornamental grasses or cannas look great
with low bowls of sedum balanced
with in-betweeners.
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When planning your container, consider the style. Do you want a "roundy-moundy" look or something with lots of movement and unpredictability? This container has grass and gaura for height and an un-manicured look, while the potato vine and petunias are left to stretch as they please.

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Here's a nice natural looking planter meant to match its surroundings. Filled with flowers and foliage that all have
a similar habit, they give the impression of
"overflowing" color.


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Containers are real life savers when it comes to shady spots. Bringing color and form into a darker area can add an inviting allure. Plenty of shade annuals sport great color. Think coleus and tuberous begonias.


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proven winners country comboDon't forget to have fun! Do you have some cool or funky things around the house that will add out of the box interest to your outdoor spaces? Go for it! If you don't like it, you can just transfer to a regular pot!


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It really does matter. This is a small thing I do every spring. I pick up a small garden to sit in the middle of my outdoor table. It sounds so simple, but this is the piece I wind up appreciating most. A garden in an intimate spot like this changes your perspective in surprising ways.

The main thing is to love your container garden, whether you've made it, purchased it or a combination of the two.

Container Garden How-To

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