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Try these fun and easy ideas for container gardens you'll love all season long.
This classic topiary would look great anywhere, but it becomes a special focal point when grown on a salvaged-ladder shelf.
A. Myrtle (Myrtus communis): 1
Watch this quick video from Better Homes and Gardens® garden editor Eric Liskey for tips and ideas on creating beautiful container gardens.
Test Garden Tip: If you repurpose a container without drainage, punch holes in the bottom so extra water can escape.
A. Ghost plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense): 6
Even on a small scale, it's smart to choose plants that grow up, around, and down. Here, coleus gives height, verbena depth, and creeping Jenny length -- and the mix of red, purple, and light green adds pop to the color combination.
A. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Plum Parfait'): 1
B. Verbena 'Quartz Purple': 1
C. Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia): 1
Repetition is very effective -- a very simple item makes the whole more than the sum of its parts.
A. Feather reedgrass (Calamagrostis 'Overdam'): 3
Just about anything that will hold soil but let water drain can make for a cute container garden. This basket is perfect -- just line it with moss, fill with soil, and add a festive plant.
A. Ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum): 3
Don't be afraid to make a statement. This container grabs as much attention as the plants it holds. Use your imagination to find pots that really suit your personality.
A. Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita'): 2
B. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Copper Glow'): 1
C. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Smoldering'): 1
Hardworking succulents are perfect for containers in sunny spots!
This is a fun way to recycle Grandma's battered old kettle. Basil, or any herb, is a perfect plant to grow right next to your back door so you can harvest it on the spot for summertime suppers.
A. Basil (Ocimum basilicum 'Sweetbush'): 1
Here's another example of a simple but really wonderful planting. A single pentas in a boldly colored pot creates big impact!
A. Pentas 'Butterfly Red': 1
Tweedia is an underused but great annual that works well twining around the metal support. The nierembergia creates a nice skirt to soften the edges of the container.
A. Tweedia caerulea: 2
B. Nierembergia 'Mont Blanc': 2
No space for a garden? Try growing herbs in containers!
This very decorative container needs nothing more than the simplicity of pansies and violas to dress it up perfectly. Once spring fades and the heat comes on, try adding geraniums or angelonia for summer color.
A. Pansy (Viola 'Imperial Silver Blue'): 2
B. Viola 'Penny Deep Marina': 4
Add extra appeal to your container gardens with everlasting flowers. Simply harvest them as they fade and then use them in dried-flower or other crafting projects.
A. Strawflower (Bracteantha 'Sundaze Golden Beauty'): 3
These inexpensive white pots didn't look like much, but a simple coat of paint gave them new life. Now they're perfect partners for a series of colorful plants.
A. Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita'): 2
B. Gerbera 'Festival Semi Double Orange': 1
C. Gerbera 'Festival Yellow': 1
D. Pansy (Viola 'Majestic Giants Deep Blue'): 3
E. Viola cornuta 'Velour Blue Dawn': 3
F. Grape hyacinth (Muscari 'Cantab'): 3
G. Geranium (Pelargonium 'Score Red'): 2
H. Marigold (Tagetes patula 'Hero Gold'): 1
I. Dracaena marginata: 1
This combination captures the exuberance of summer in a country garden. The loose, blowsy nature of the plants creates drama and interest that will continue to look great all summer long.
A. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus 'Solstice Yellow'): 2
B. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia 'Prairie Sun'): 1
C. Verbena 'Defiance': 3
D. Pentas 'Butterfly Red': 3
E. Geranium (Pelargonium 'Maverick Orange'): 2
F. Zinna 'Crystal Yellow': 1
G. Monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis): 1