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Container Gardening | Grow Plants Together in Pots or Planters

Container Gardening | Grow Plants Together in Pots or Planters
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Container gardening can be fun when you think about using theme that are creative, beautiful or functional. Plants can be grouped together in any size container and are as suited to a tabletop as to a porch, deck or yard. Container gardening is not only easy to set up and maintain, these little gardens also make great gifts. Use your imagination to design a grouping that complements your decorating style.

Succulents Container Garden
Succulents Container Garden

Container Gardening Ideas

Italian Chef: An Italian herb container garden planted with oregano, chives and basil is a fragrant and useful way to grow compatible cooking herbs. Enhance the theme by planting the herbs in a wood crate, or take this look to the next level by planting the herbs in a vintage tomato crate.

Tea Time Theme: Varieties of mint such a peppermint, curly mint and spearmint grown in an old teapot with drainage holes is a charming way to display a tiny mint garden. And what a refreshing way to sample a snippet or two of different mint leaves in your summer iced tea.

Color Theme: Use colorful combinations of blue and yellow flowers such as pansies, violets and forget-me-nots to add a splash of color to your doorstep. Or, go all white for understated elegance with peonies, snow drops and creeping phlox in an old tin watering can or white washed terracotta pot for a shabby-chic effect.

Container Gardening with Herbs Container Gardening with Herbs

Container Gardening Instructions

  1. Drill drainage holes in a clean container to allow proper soil aeration.
  2. Fill container ¾ full of rich soil. Plants will need a soil depth that allows roots to spread.
  3. Dig 3-5 holes that are deep enough to cover the roots of the chosen plants. Place plants close together, but be careful not to cramp them.
  4. Plants should be selected for soil condition compatibility, light requirements and visual interest. For example, herbs will do well together, but flowers that thrive in direct sunlight should not be mixed with shade loving plants.
  5. Plant the tallest plant in the center and smaller plants to the sides where cascading is possible.
  6. Cover only the roots of the plants and water enough to moisten the soil.
  7. Place in a bright sunny spot and water as needed—typically when the soil begins to dry out.
Shelley Wigglesworth


Shelley Wigglesworth


Shelley (Fleming) Wigglesworth is an award-winning freelance journalist from Maine specializing in maritime topics and the commercial fishing industry. She is also a certified Maine Master Gardener who writes gardening articles on a regular basis for Yankee Magazine. Her work can be found in the following publications: The York County Coast Star, Portsmouth Herald, Bangor Daily News, Yankee Magazine (online), National Fisherman Magazine, Commercial Fisheries News, Tourist News, Points East Magazine, Coastal Angler and The Maine Lobstermen's Association’s “Landings.” Follow Shelley on Facebook.
Updated Monday, May 14th, 2012
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