A touch of formality is not out of place in most gardens. Trimmed cones and spheres of foliage — classic topiary — are especially suited to containers.
When shopping for container plants, it helps to have a list of favourites that you can always count on. Here are Beckie Fox’s suggestions.
Container plants need to stand up to summer heat and humidity. Here are 6 container plants performing well for Garden Making Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox.
Your spring garden containers don’t always need to include tulips and daffodils for a pop of colour. Pair yellow and white primroses with pink hellebores.
Choose interesting foliage for container plants for shade. Use a combination of leaf shapes and textures to add beauty to a shady setting.
Before you think about what plants for container gardening, consider what garden pots you have on hand, what needs replacing and what you need to acquire.
For container gardening with vegetables, if you have a sunny spot by your front steps, use stacked boxes to act as containers for growing a few vegetables.
For front porch planters, the best-looking summer containers are filled to the brim with plants that feature bountiful flowers and interesting foliage.
If you’re looking for something different to plant in a container this year, consider Pixie grapes, which grows 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 cm) tall.
Oxalis are grown for their shamrock-shaped foliage and dainty little tubular flowers that fold up on cloudy days and at night. Easy to grow indoors or out.
Herbaceous perennials in pots — plants that die back and are dormant in winter — need to be protected. Here’s 3 ways for overwintering perennials in pots.
How to force bulbs for beautiful spring-flowering containers. Dugald Cameron explains step by step, starting with fall planting of bulbs.
Annual vines are easy to grow and well-behaved, and most have intriguing blooms. My current favourite is Spanish flag vine, a.k.a. firecracker vine.