Ivy geraniums for containers

Mini cascade pink geranium (Photo from veseys.com)

Plants that offer both attractive flowers and foliage are the first to go into my nursery shopping cart. Ivy geraniums (Pelargonium peltatum), tender perennials native to southern Africa, never disappoint in this regard. Their semi-cascading, trailing habit is always attractive, and I enjoy their surprising differences in style and flower form, and crisp, ivy-like foliage…. 

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‘Twickel Purple’ lavender for containers

'Twickel Purple' lavender (Photo from perennials.com)

I’m always interested in growing plants with intense fragrance in containers, placed on doorsteps and close to outdoor chairs where they can be enjoyed up close. Lavender is frequently among the group of pots I set out each spring, and I’m picky about which lavenders I choose. Although lavender flowers are long lasting (and some… 

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Preparing containers for winter

Clay pots last longer when emptied, dried and stored upside down. (Garden Making photo)

I went for a drive through Niagara vineyards this weekend as the suddenly warm and moist air turned the late fall landscape into a beautiful tapestry of muted colours. Every now and then, something brilliant appeared to catch my eye. In one vineyard, tall stands of late purple monkshood (for more about this perennial, see late… 

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Container Gardening: How to design and plant a container

Sunny container combination (Garden Making photo)

In this container gardening video, you get tips on how to choose colours and combine plants to create a gorgeous container that looks full and beautiful from the start. You will learn basics for how to design a container garden. Garden Making Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox provides these pointers: Plan first; plant later. From where will the… 

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Container Gardening Basics

Garden Making Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox with dog Hazel

Start with container gardening basics. Successful container gardening depends on the right container and soil. Careful feeding and watering also keep your containers thriving. You’ll learn the container gardening basics in this video featuring Garden Making Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox: 1. Choosing a container: consider the size and weight, the material it’s made from and the… 

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Easy steps to gorgeous containers

Containers (Garden Making photo)

You can enjoy gorgeous containers. Here’s a list with tips for container gardening from Garden Making Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox: Choosing Your Container •  Choose containers in shapes and styles compatible with your house and landscape. Terra cotta, concrete and cast-iron are beautiful but heavy. Plastic is inexpensive and light, but not always aesthetically pleasing. Wood… 

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