Add color and interest to any place in your landscape with a container garden. Select a variety of plants but make sure they tolerate the growing conditions where you plan to place the container.
Use a pleasing combination of texture and color for added interest, but make sure those plants all need the same soil conditions.
I like to start arranging before I start planting. Start with something vertical, like this spike or bronze fennel or an ornamental grass. This helps keep the container and planting in scale. Then fill in with some trailers, like this bacopa, vinca vine and ivy work just fine. These will cascade over the pot, helping to anchor the planting to the container.
Fill in the middle with some colorful flowers and foliage like primrose or medium sized salvia. They add color and interest and tie the whole thing together.
Now get busy planting containers anywhere you need some added interest. Just a bit more information: Try something different this season. Use a small obelisk or trellis sized for containers. Then train your favorite annual or tropical vine onto the structure for vertical interest. Mandevilla, canary vine, Spanish flag or hyacinth bean vine make nice vertical accents.
I live in Salem Oregon. Last year I bought 6 Emerald Green arborvitae and planted them each in 5 gallon plastic nursery pots. I used good soil and compost. They are lined up along the edge of my patio, facing west. The patio has an overhang, and there is a large tree to the south that is near the patio. The arborvitae get sun all day once the sun is overhead. This year, they look healthy, with new growth on the tips. Problem: the tops are flopping over to one side, toward the west. Why is this? Should I turn the pots around to get the tops to go straight? Is it because I have them in pots? (I can't put them in the ground- I live in a condo and we can't plant trees or shrubs).
We recently bought a house with a metal fence in the backyard. I’m a beginning gardener and would like to plant a border garden that would give the fence some character. Can you make some recommendations? I don’t want plants that will spread into my neighbor’s yard.
Wondering what’s wrong with your plant? Or maybe you need some planting suggestions for shady, dry or difficult landscape sites. And how about strategies for bringing birds and butterflies into your garden. Find answers to your gardening questions, plant information in the A-Z plant lists and a Plant Guide to help you select just the right plant for your landscape.