Container Gardening: The Complete Guide
The secret is out. Container gardening is fun, easy and rewarding. Think of all the creative possibilities!
Container gardening is the perfect way to exercise your green thumb whether you live in a house with a yard, a patio home, or a condo with a balcony.
Think beyond garden beds and create captivating containers, filled with lush color and fascinating texture.
Container gardening lets you add visual interest anywhere you want to draw the eye or direct traffic. Container gardens provide focal points that grab attention and screen the unsightly.
Top Container Garden Ideas
How To Create Beautiful Container Gardens
You don’t have to buy a pre-planted container to get great results. All you have to do is follow the information below and you’ll have a combination you’ll be proud to say you grew yourself.
Container Garden Design - Planting
Thriller, Filler, Spiller
Best Colors for Flower Pots
Foliage & Texture for Containers
Get more inspiration from these container gardening projects.
What Are the Best Plants for Pots?
Many plants can be grown in containers, including:
Your climate and sun or shade conditions will determine what plants will do best in your containers. Make sure the plants you select have the same light and water requirements.
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Check out these popular plant choices for containers:
How to Take Care of Potted Plants
Once you've picked your plants and planted them in your container, you'll need to provide the proper care to make sure they thrive. Your plants will be at their best when you are watering properly, providing the right nutrients, and trimming them back if they become overgrown.
Learn more about container care in the following articles:
How to Water Potted Plants
Overwintering Potted Perennials & Shrubs
Container Gardening Tips
Take the guesswork out of watering your containers with these self-watering ceramic planters.
The plants in this container include three different petunias and an angelonia.
Proven Winners Container Recipes
With Proven Winners, landscaping means more than adding bedding plants to your yard and garden. With our healthy performers and some step-by-step advice, you can create a garden in a basket or a landscape in a container!
When combining container plants, here are some useful resources:
For your combinations, purchase equal numbers of each plant – 2 each for a 14" container and 3 of each plant for larger containers.
Tips for Picking the Right Pot
When selecting your pots, pick something that suits your style and consider the following:
Here are two ways to make gardening in containers more convenient: One, put planters on casters, or rolling plant caddies, to make them super-easy to move. Two, use drip irrigation to water your containers automatically. Try our WaterWise® Container Watering Kits.
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