Container Gardening

container garden

There are so many things to love about container gardening! Find a container that suits your style and fill it will color – it can even be an old dresser. Be creative or formal, change it out for the season or to match your mood. The possibilities are endless. And, most containers are easy to move around for the best sun or shade conditions and plant health. Ok, well maybe not a dresser. A bicycle with a basket in the garden would be much easier to move.

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  1. Carole Burant

    The flowers I plant the most in containers are Double Impatiens, Hens & Chicks, as well as Petunias. I love the idea of an old dresser to use as a container, that is such an awesome idea!! Now I’ll be scourging the yard sales to find an old dresser! lol I’m following you on Twitter and Pinterest (my favourite place for ideas!!). Carole Burant (

    1. planttimes

      Have you tried SunPatiens? They are beautiful in the garden. However, they might be too large for a container. I love hens and chicks. They remind me of my grandparent’s garden and all my grandmother’s favorite plants. Violas, peonies and poppies were some of her other favorites.

    1. planttimes

      Cacti in containers adds great drama to the landscape. It’s something I fell in love with while visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico. Another story about my grandma in this thread – 50+ years ago she grew prickly pear cactus in her garden in Kansas City. I had no idea then that the fruits are edible.

  2. Lori Dykes

    I love to plant a mixture. Impatiens, ivy, petunias and lots of different colorful plants. I usually plant a hibiscus tree in a planter or even tomato plants! Thanks for the tips

  3. ELF

    I tend to grow our tomatoes in a container. We have had various cherry tomatoes, roma, and a larger version…although beating the resident squirrel to those has been a challenge, lol. I also have gladioli and amaryllis and a Christmas cactus in containers. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Kathy Newcomer

    I don’t have any containers with plants yet but I’m going to plant some this year. I think I’ll plant impatiens. I love them and my yard is shady. I’m also going to put in a small vegetable garden.

    1. planttimes

      I keep seeing suggestions about tomatoes in containers. On Friday, I visited with a gardener who grows for market. He’s doing a bed of tomatoes in the ground with weed barrier so the plants won’t touch the soil. I thought that was interesting.

  5. Amy Bennett

    I like to do swaths of color with red begonias in terra cotta pots placed individually down one side of my front steps. Then I pocket in a few pots around a large weathered concrete dog sitting in the corner of our broad landing stoop that comes off those steps. Of the stoop pots, I always plant one with dusty miller, heliotrope, dichondra and red annuals of my choice that season. The fragrance of the heliotrope is so welcoming. Of the remaining pots on the stoop, I change things up each year. An option is always my grandfather’s pot of zephyranthes, which I pull out of our garage each spring. This all fills my desire to have plants that I like to rely on seeing each year, but also bring in new combinations to pique my interest.

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