Simply Beautiful Containers

Simply Beautiful Container Gardens

Steps to Simply Beautiful Container Gardens

Container gardens can be a stunning addition to your landscape. Yet they’re surprisingly easy to
make. Just follow these steps.

Simply Beautiful AngeloniaChoose a good location. A container garden can bring interest even to the most ordinary area.

Consider:
• Your surroundings.
• Use of the area.
• Sun exposure.

Plan your container garden.
Choose a planter. Consider:
• Size.
• Drainage.
• Watering needs.
• Soil needs.

Decide use of color. You can make a statement or a lovely touch.
• Monochromatic (shades of one color).
• Complementary (opposite hues on color wheel).
• Polychromatic (many colors).

Select plants.
• Choose plants that require similar light: full sun, partial sun, shade.
• Incorporate different leaf shapes, textures and scents.
• Use “thrillers” for height.
• Use “fillers” to fill in the container.
• Use “spillers” to hang over the edges and create a finished look.

Rule of thumb: Your planter should be one-third of the finished container garden’s height.

Care, maintenance and helpful hints.
• Fertilize every 1 - 2 weeks with a water soluble fertilizer.
• Check daily for dryness. Water when needed.
• Cut off old blooms.
• Trim leggy or out of control plants.
• Experiment. Try new plants and new combinations.

Plant examples

Thrillers
“Serena” Angelonia
Argyranthemum

Fillers
Begonia
Brachyscome
Diascia
Geranium
Double Impatiens
Lantana
Nemesia
Petunia Wave
Dahlia
Coleus
Calibrachoa

Spillers
Bacopa