Container Garden Plans

Even if you don't have a yard, you can plant a container garden. Or use these layouts to add beauty to a deck, balcony, or patio.


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Employ Roses

    Don't overlook roses in containers; most do beautifully and pair well with other plants. Garden size: 18 by 10 feet.

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    Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes a larger version of the illustration, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)

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Add Interest to Your Deck

    Filling planters with annuals is an easy way to give your deck a jolt of color and interest that will go until fall. Garden size: 12 by 4 feet.

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Pick a Color Scheme

    The red and white container plantings offer a simple but elegant accent to a deck, patio, balcony, walkway, or even landscape. Garden size: 18 by 4 feet.

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Grow Great Foliage Plants

    Just a handful of plants with great-looking leaves can combine to create a stunning statement like this. Garden size: Three 4-by-4-foot containers.

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Create Dramatic Containers

    Container plantings can be every bit as exciting as your landscape, as seen in this wonderful plan. Garden size: 4 by 4 feet.

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Just a Handful

    Mix a few different-size containers to create an extra-interesting effect. Garden size: One 24-inch-, two 18-inch-, and three 12-inch-diameter containers.

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Try Perennials

    Like roses, many perennials thrive in containers. Try this combo that's sure to attract lots of butterflies. Garden size: One half-barrel.

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Add Elegance

    Striking colors and textures are featured in this half-barrel (or equal size) container garden. Garden size: One 4-foot-diameter planter.

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