Container gardening ideas and inspiration

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Container garden ideas: How to design and plant

Container garden

How-to container gardening video. Beckie Fox gives container garden ideas and tips on how to design and plant a container garden. Choose colours and plants.

Start with good plants for container gardening

Buy healthy plants from reputable garden stores (Garden Making photo)

Start with healthy plants to help your container garden reach its full potential earlier in the season. Healthy plants bounce back faster after the inevitable traumas they encounter when moving from their small, temporary cell packs or pots to roomier quarters. Healthy plants also have more resources to muster if they need to thwart pests […]

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 […]

Freshen up containers for fall

Fall planter

Perhaps it’s time to freshen up your containers for fall. Take a close look your container. If it’s looking tired — or you’re just plain tired of it  — then it’s easy to change. Liven it up with Icicle pansies, ornamental kales and cabbages, asters, ornamental grasses and a few small gourds or pumpkins. Add […]

Sunny container combo for your garden

Sunny container combination (Garden Making photo)

The beauty of container gardening is trying new plant and colour combinations every year. Here a sunny container combo that I liked so much, I may recreate it again: 1 red-edged green New Zealand flax (Phormium cultivar) 1 golden box honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’) 1 weeping brown sedge (Carex flagellifera) 1 bronze-leaved sweet potato […]