Photo By: Anthony Tesselaar Plants at Tesselaar.com
Photo By: Julie Martens Forney
Photo By: Shutterstock/Anton Podrezov
Photo By: Designs By Elizabeth
Photo By: Jonathan C. Warfield
A beautiful container composition can bring the cottage-garden look to a deck or patio. Here, foxgloves, petunias, and sweet potato vine combine to create a beautiful vignette. Posted by HGTV fan countrygrl125
Combine indoor houseplants, like this Majesty palm, with pots of tropical flowers for a south-of-the-border container garden. In this pot, mandevilla blooms in front of the palm, with taller Tropic Escape hibiscus adding color behind.
Dress up spent summer and fall container gardens with boughs of fresh evergreens for a colorful winter display. Greens like spruce, fir, mountain hemlock and Virginia pine retain color and needles to provide a long winter display. Treat cut greenery with an anti-transpirant to help stems retain moisture. Use bunched ornamental grass stems or bundled branches to add a strong vertical element to designs.
As spring arrives, pull tired evergreen boughs and add to your compost pile. Replace the top third of soil with new soil. Add a selection of cool-season bloomers, such as pansy, viola and columbine.
Summer Container Garden
Give your pot a fresh planting of heat-loving annuals for a summer-long show. This blend features coleus, ‘Troy’s Gold’ plectranthus, marigolds and calibrachoa.
Winter Container Garden
Replace tired fall plants with a mix of pretty evergreen boughs. Aim to include different pines, spruce, cedar and holly for textural and color interest. Tuck in berried twigs and twinkle lights to give pots a holiday feel.
Fill spring and fall with eye-catching color and sweet floral perfume by planting a container overflowing with fragrant annuals. This pot features a trio of plants that thrive in the seasons when days and nights are cool. Perennial ‘Lucius’ snowy woodrush (Luzula nivea ‘Lucius’) is the grassy green plant in the center of the container (hardy in Zones 4-9). It’s surrounded by Cool Wave Lavender Blue Trailing Pansy, which has a light floral fragrance. Clear Crystal white sweet alyssum offers a sweet perfume. This group of plants beckons early and late season pollinator insects.
Coleus is an old-fashioned favorite for shady locations, and modern varieties deliver even more. This trio of ColorBlaze coleus boasts beautiful leaves on plants that don’t set flowers easily, which means no more endless deadheading. Mix and match coleus varieties for containers or planting beds by choosing complementary and contrasting leaf colors and patterns. Make sure the coleus you choose is not a full-sun variety if you’re growing it in the shade. Pinch out growing tips when plants are young to increase branching.
Choose containers with low water use in mind. Glazed terra cotta containers don’t just look great. They also don’t lose water through the pot sides, so need watered less often than porous unglazed pots.
A good planting combination for a fall pot includes ornamental or flowering kale, viola and garden mum. For a thriller with height, tuck in a shrub like Nandina domestica. Buy plants in larger pots with established root systems to ensure best survival.
Strawberry Container Garden
Strawberries can do just as well in pots as in the ground.
A small collection of bonsai adds an element of green to the space. The indoor Japanese container garden utilizes natural stone that is in keeping with the the stone elements seen in the outdoor space. A few stepping stones allows for easy access into the garden.