Container gardens are extremely popular for good reason: They work with a range of plants and in a range of locations, from apartment balconies to big-scale yards. Crafting your own container garden is easier than ever. You'll get tips for design and care, as well as fresh plant ideas. Learning the basics is a good place to start; that includes buying containers and tending to plants in containers. If you don't have the space to include a dedicated vegetable or herb garden in your yard, grow favorite crops in containers -- either on a patio or in a window box. Containers are also a great way to showcase beautiful spring bulbs; here's how to grow tulips, hyacinths, and more spring-flowering bulbs in containers. In addition to using premade containers, you can also craft your own hypertufa trough; learn how with a DIY guide (as well as the best succulents, perennials, and alpine plants to grow in the trough). One of the more beautiful container gardens is a hanging basket, which adds color to porches, arbors, fences, and walls; here's how to create one that thrives all growing season long.
Get Creative with Your Containers
Caring for Potted Plants
Grow anything in a container: vegetables, flowers, shrubs, even trees. Gardening has never been easier.
A Spiral Topiary
Make a traditional ivy topiary by training this fast-growing climber onto a wire form.
Make a Hypertufa Trough
Mix up a batch of cement-base hypertufa and create a custom trough for rock gardens.
Annuals in Strawberry Jars
Enjoy a lot of color in a small space by packing a strawberry jar full of colorful annuals.
Best Plants for Trough Gardens
Small trailing perennials, succulents, and alpine plants are traditional choices for trough gardens.
Container Gardening Basics
Here is everything you need to know to become an expert container gardener: what to plant and how.
Hang a pot, position a container, plant a window box: Container gardens are as versatile as your imagination.
Herbs don’t need a lot of space, so they are ideal for window boxes. Pack in fragrant and savory herbs.
Containers of Bulbs Add Instant Spring
Spring-flowering bulbs are easy to grow in containers. So many bulbs, so many options!
Crucial Details for Container Roses
Many roses can grow and bloom in containers. Here are care tips for growing them.
Growing Subtropical Fruit in Containers
Make your own tropical drinks with homegrown fruit plucked right from your patio pots. See how.
Growing Vegetables in Containers
Small-stature veggies such as tomatoes, greens, and herbs give the concept of “eating out” a whole new definition.
Guide to Garden Planter Materials
Containers come in so many different materials. See what type best suits your needs, plants, and style.
Hanging gardens are easy. Just pot up a basket of blooms, then hang it on a porch or in the center of an arbor.
How to Make a Perfect Hanging Basket
Make a successful and beautiful hanging basket following these tips.
Make Your Own Potting Mixes
Make your own potting mix to get your container plants off to a growing start.
Grow your own classic centerpiece. Climbing ivy is the ideal plant for topiaries.
Year-Round Container Gardens
Summer container gardens can keep on blooming when you plant with year-round color in mind.
Grow a living wall! Upright structures packed with plants are ideal for small-space gardens.