Container Basics

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. Learning the basics is a good place to start; that includes buying containers and tending to plants in containers.

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Cactus Dish Garden
Add this miniature desert garden to your houseplant collection. Follow these four easy steps for a tabletop garden worth gushing over.
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Vertical gardens are one of the hottest garden trends and yet they are one of the oldest. Bringing these popular plants upward is a superb solution for just about any garden.
5 Tips for Container Gardening
Container gardens are ideal for small spaces like patios and decks. They're easy to create, but it's important to keep these tips in mind to give your container garden a great life.
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Are you looking for a pretty container plant, but don't want to have to pamper it? Take some suggestions from our 2016 issue of Green Side Up with a selection of container annuals that will look beautiful—no matter what.

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