- view all thumbnails
Lack the space for your own crop of vegetables? Plant them in containers! You can easily combine peppers and basil in the same container, for example, or allow tomatoes and bell peppers to stand alone.
Need a little more mint in your mojito? No problem when you place your herbs right on the table! Plant your favorite varieties -- mint, cilantro, lavender--in a container that fits on your table or kitchen counter to make garnishing any meal easy.
Soften a tall, slender container with cascading annuals such as sweet potato vine and lysimachia that draw your eye from top to bottom.
Draw attention to your garden art by accenting it with hanging baskets. A cluster of Calibrachoa makes the perfect partner to a rustic, bold focal point.
Make your containers do double duty by adding grace to the garden, then bring them inside for continued enjoyment and a touch of fresh green for your home over the winter months. Pot up herbs such as lavender, rosemary, mint, and sage and plant them in an area of your home where they will get good sunlight.
Small table? No problem with this petite arrangement that still makes a big impact with the succulent foliage. Get more impact for your tabletop by combining a number of small containers together. Plus you can mix and match to create different looks! Get more impact for your tabletop by combining a number of small containers together. Plus you can mix and match to create different looks!
Place containers where they'll disguise harsh edges or angles, either by direct concealment or by creating a focal point that acts as a distraction. On these stairs, a simple potted geranium, in addition to petunias, lantana, and other plants lining the stairs, takes viewers' eyes off the sharp edges.
Gardeners often overlook vertical space. Use freestanding or hanging containers to give you garden three-dimensional color. Next to this mixed border, 'Ramblin' Violet' Wave petunia, strawflower (Bracteantha bracteata) and 'Cuzzo Yellow' creeping zinnia (Sanvitalia procumbens) rise to new heights on a freestanding tower.
Doors, gates, and other entrances are natural focal points. Make a great impression by framing them with attractive, colorful containers. Here, Rudbeckia 'Prairie Sun' and 'Avalanche Red' petunia team up in gray pots, and 'Harvest Moon' begonia and Artemsia 'Sea Foam' fill terra-cotta pots. The combination adds plenty of visual drama at the front door.
Employ a strategy used indoors, where repetition of color unites the decor. Outdoors, use similar or identical containers throughout an area to pull it together. This is especially effective along a path or on a long wall such as this one, which houses three containers planted with purple-leaf coleus and creeping Jenny (Lysimachia 'Goldilocks').
Use large or colorful containers as focal points in areas lacking conspicuous features or to fill visual holes such as empty corners. This vegetable garden, for example, gains impact with a pot of Rudbeckia 'Prairie Sun', Persicaria 'Painter's Palette', and red Calibrachoa set on a pillar.
Looking for an inspiring container garden? Take our short quiz and receive a customized planting strategy perfect for you. Start now!