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Get creative with “Pot-scaping”

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Container gardening has gone way beyond planting flowers in pots.  Containers of all sorts are creatively filled with color, texture and variety for front steps, patios and decks, even right in the gardens.  It’s the perfect place to try new annuals and tender perennials.  The tender perennials are easily removed for storage at the end of the growing season, then pop them back in the pot next spring.

When selecting plants for containers, try to use plants with similar requirements.  The same light requirements are most important, if you include a shade plant in a sunny arrangement that plant will not thrive, and may not even survive.  Planning an arrangement of drought tolerant plants will be wasted if you include one that requires constant moisture, and some of the drought tolerant plants may not at all like wet conditions.  Check the planting tips on the Annuals page.

What are the best annuals for containers?  As you can see by the examples below, anything from the ordinary to the extraordinary can combine to create a fabulous potted garden!

Here are a few ideas, but as always, do what you love!

Tiarrel 'Sky Rocket' & Lamium 'Purlple Dragon'

Tiarella ‘Sky Rocket’ and Lamium ‘Purple Dragon’

Rubrum Purple Fountain Grass, Bacopa, Aristo Clarina Regal Gera

Rubrum Purple Fountain Grass, Bacopa, Aristo Clarina Regal Geranium

Geranium, begonia, impatiens,

Begonia, Beranium, Impatiens, Lamium, Bacopa

Tuberous Begonia, Spiderplant, Coleus & Potato Vine

Begonia, Spider Plant, Coleus and Sweet Potato Vine

Bacopa, Vinca Vine, Double Impatiens, Ivy, Begonia, Spikes
Double Impatiens, Begonia, Vinca Vine, Bacope, Ivy, Dracena Spike

Phlox, honeywort, potato vine, moses in a boat, salvia, bacopa

Phlox, Honeywort, Sweet Potato Vine, Moses in a Boat, Salvia and Bacopa

Also see the Container Roses page for more ideas and information.

Try something new in your pots this year!

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