Container Gardening with Flowers

Flower Gardening in Containers and Pots

Container gardening in pots is easy flower gardening. Container gardening is a logical solution when you live in an apartment, have a small yard or if you have pets who like to run, play or dig in your yard. Plus, container flower gardening is just simply beautiful and convenient.

After years of fussing at my pups to stay out of my flower garden, I decided I needed to make the "adjustment," so I switched to container gardening for my flowers. This has been an excellent solution for our household. Not only are my dogs happier, because they can now run with reckless abandon, but I can place the container gardening flower pots wherever I want them in my yard, on my patio or even bring them inside for a few days to enjoy indoors. There are certainly many wonderful advantages to container gardening. Also, I no longer have to contend with mulch from my flower beds being tracked into my home.

The flowers also seem quite pleased with our container gardening arrangement. They no longer lose their heads to puppy paws and now my lovely flowers can flourish anywhere and everywhere. It is truly a wonderful solution for all of us!.



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Flower Container Gardening By Sylvestermouse
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Choosing the Right Containers

For Container Gardening

The size of pot you purchase will determine how many flowers you can plant in one pot. It is always easy to add to your flower garden by simply adding another container. I prefer a 14" to 18" top opening size with a height of approx. 12" to 15". In the stores, they are labeled 16" or 20" pots.

I do use larger pots, approx. 25"W x 21" T, for my rose bushes.


You will also want a pot that, once filled, will be heavy enough to withstand moderate wind and durable enough to tolerate rain, snow or any weather. After years of experience, I have 2 types of containers that I can easily recommend.

If I want to be able to lift the pot myself and move it to various locations, I opt for the resin or plastic pots manufactured by Fiskars or Duraco. I like that little "lip" on the edge of my pots because it helps me grip the planter when I want to move it.

If I want a more permanent container, one I will not likely move, I choose the concrete containers.

Miracle Gro Potting Soil
Miracle Gro Potting Soil

Purchasing the Right Potting Soil

For Container Gardening

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to experiment with several different outdoor potting soil brands. One easily stands out above the rest!

Miracle-Gro Potting Soil is truly my preference. I have been known to leave one store without purchasing any flowers or anything, in order to seek out a store that carries Miracle-Gro. As a result, the store that carries the right potting soil gets all of my gardening business that day.

Of course, now that I have found it on Amazon, my shopping woes are over!

In addition to using Miracle-Gro potting soil on new flowers and pots, I also add 1 or 2 inches of potting soil each year to existing flower pots. Approx. every third year, in early spring, before the flowers bloom, I will completely empty the pots, fill them with new potting soil and re-plant the flowers. Of course, I do have to be careful digging up the flowers and bulbs first.

Lava Rocks
Lava Rocks

Preparing Containers for Planting Flowers

For Container Gardening

If needed, I start by drilling 3 holes in the bottom of the pot. I always start with a layer of rocks in the bottom of my containers to help drainage and to avoid root rot.

Then I fill the pot with Miracle-Gro potting soil and plant my flowers.

It really is that easy!

Lava Rocks for Planting in Containers - I use Lava Rocks in the Bottom of My Containers and Pots

SubstrateSource Natural Red Lava Gravel - 2 Pounds
SubstrateSource Natural Red Lava Gravel - 2 Pounds

NOTE FROM SYLVESTERMOUSE: I buy one large bag of lava rocks simply because they are a lot less expensive than purchasing a bag of smooth pebbles or stones for each container and they work just has well in the bottom of flower pots.

 
Tulip Photo by Sylvestermouse
Tulip Photo by Sylvestermouse

Bulbs in Containers or Pots

Planted in the Fall

I plant bulbs in my pots in the fall. The bulbs do come back year after year, so there is no need to plant new bulbs annually. Just like I would place them in the ground, I plant them 4" - 6" down, cover them with potting soil and then plant Pansies on top to add a bit of color for the following months. After all, it will be early spring before any of the bulbs sprout.

I have had tremendous success with Iris, tulips, lilies and calla lilies grown in pots.


One Beautiful Iris! - This Beauty Resides in a Pot on My Porch Steps ~ This is it's 14th year to bloom in my Container Gardening

Blue and White Iris Photo by Sylvestermouse
Blue and White Iris Photo by Sylvestermouse


I have never completely changed the potting soil in this pot. I have always been afraid of damaging this extremely healthy and happy bulb. I simply add a few inches of potting soil on the top and stir gently with my shovel each year :)

My Iris bulbs are planted in one of the larger pots (20" Pot) that measures 18"W x 15"T.

View of My Container Gardening From My Kitchen Window

Window View of Flowers
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Spring and Summers Smorgasbord of Flowers in Container Gardening

After the first blooms of spring, I start planting whatever my eyes see and my heart loves, which really is just about any flower.

I have a few perennials that come back every year. Among them are my daylilies, my lavender, my salvia and my bleeding heart. Scattered in a few of the pots are Early Bird Dianthus, a little beauty with a lot of wow.

Of course, I always plant petunias in a few pots, but each year I select a variety of annuals to plant. This year I chose African Daisies, a Dahlia, Marigolds, and a Spangled Star Dianthus. I also have 2 hosta plants in separate concrete containers. They also flourish in their containers and return early every spring.


Let Me Show You My Container Garden! - I have added planting notes about each flower/plant below each picture. All photos by Sylvestermouse

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Bleeding Heart ~ Blooms early spring ~ plant in part sun/morning sunGolden Nugget Calla Lily ~ Blooms spring - summer ~ plant in part sun/morning sunI love big bumble bees and bumble bees love salvia.  Therefore, I have lots of salvia!East Friesland Salvia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun Note:  This plant is so large, it requires a pot of it's own :)Early Bird Fizzy Dianthus ~ Blooms spring ~ plant in full sunAfrican Daisy ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sunDahlinova Dahlia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sunRitz Blue Pincushion Flower ~ Blooms late spring - summer ~ plant in full sunDaylily ~ Blooms spring and summer ~ plant in full sun Note:  Daylilies are so large, they requires a pot of it's own and will fill whatever size pot you choose :)Salvia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sunHosta in background ~ spring, summer and fall ~ plant in part sun/full sunNote:  I planted the little salvia on the side edge of the elongated concrete container.  The hosta is centered inPetunias ~ Blooms spring, summer and early fall ~ plant in part sun or full sun
Bleeding Heart ~ Blooms early spring ~ plant in part sun/morning sun
Bleeding Heart ~ Blooms early spring ~ plant in part sun/morning sun
Golden Nugget Calla Lily ~ Blooms spring - summer ~ plant in part sun/morning sun
Golden Nugget Calla Lily ~ Blooms spring - summer ~ plant in part sun/morning sun
I love big bumble bees and bumble bees love salvia.  Therefore, I have lots of salvia!East Friesland Salvia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun Note:  This plant is so large, it requires a pot of it's own :)
I love big bumble bees and bumble bees love salvia. Therefore, I have lots of salvia! East Friesland Salvia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun Note: This plant is so large, it requires a pot of it's own :)
Early Bird Fizzy Dianthus ~ Blooms spring ~ plant in full sun
Early Bird Fizzy Dianthus ~ Blooms spring ~ plant in full sun
African Daisy ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun
African Daisy ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun
Dahlinova Dahlia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun
Dahlinova Dahlia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun
Ritz Blue Pincushion Flower ~ Blooms late spring - summer ~ plant in full sun
Ritz Blue Pincushion Flower ~ Blooms late spring - summer ~ plant in full sun
Daylily ~ Blooms spring and summer ~ plant in full sun Note:  Daylilies are so large, they requires a pot of it's own and will fill whatever size pot you choose :)
Daylily ~ Blooms spring and summer ~ plant in full sun Note: Daylilies are so large, they requires a pot of it's own and will fill whatever size pot you choose :)
Salvia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sunHosta in background ~ spring, summer and fall ~ plant in part sun/full sunNote:  I planted the little salvia on the side edge of the elongated concrete container.  The hosta is centered in
Salvia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun Hosta in background ~ spring, summer and fall ~ plant in part sun/full sun Note: I planted the little salvia on the side edge of the elongated concrete container. The hosta is centered in
Petunias ~ Blooms spring, summer and early fall ~ plant in part sun or full sun
Petunias ~ Blooms spring, summer and early fall ~ plant in part sun or full sun

More Flowers in My Container Garden

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Daylily ~ Blooms spring and summer ~ plant in full sunDwarf Marigold (yellow), Raspberry Surprise Dianthus, and Salvia ~ all will bloom in spring, summer and fall ~ all planted in full sunHosta ~ spring, summer and fall blooming ~ plant in part sun/full sunGeranium ~ Blooms in spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun Note:  A geranium requires it's own pot :)Lily and African Daisy ~ Lily is a spring bloomer and African Daisy is a spring, summer and fall bloomer ~ plant in part sun/full sunThese lily bulbs are 5 years old :)
Daylily ~ Blooms spring and summer ~ plant in full sun
Daylily ~ Blooms spring and summer ~ plant in full sun
Dwarf Marigold (yellow), Raspberry Surprise Dianthus, and Salvia ~ all will bloom in spring, summer and fall ~ all planted in full sun
Dwarf Marigold (yellow), Raspberry Surprise Dianthus, and Salvia ~ all will bloom in spring, summer and fall ~ all planted in full sun
Hosta ~ spring, summer and fall blooming ~ plant in part sun/full sun
Hosta ~ spring, summer and fall blooming ~ plant in part sun/full sun
Geranium ~ Blooms in spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun Note:  A geranium requires it's own pot :)
Geranium ~ Blooms in spring, summer and fall ~ plant in full sun Note: A geranium requires it's own pot :)
Lily and African Daisy ~ Lily is a spring bloomer and African Daisy is a spring, summer and fall bloomer ~ plant in part sun/full sunThese lily bulbs are 5 years old :)
Lily and African Daisy ~ Lily is a spring bloomer and African Daisy is a spring, summer and fall bloomer ~ plant in part sun/full sun These lily bulbs are 5 years old :)

Step by Step Photos of Preparing and Planting in Pots - A precious fellow student knows how much my son loves bats and bat lovers love Bat Plants (so do humming

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The Bat Plant ~ Cuphea llavea is a perennial flower that blooms from spring till fall.  It is known for drawing hummingbirds. ~  Plant in part or full sun.I bet you can "see" why it is called a Bat Plant :)  This is an exclusive photo that was taGather supplies ~ Pot, Potting Soil, Rocks, Plants and shovelMake sure there are holes in the bottom of the pot.  If there are not holes, you will need to drill drainage holes in the bottom of your pot.Place a layer of rocks on the bottom of the pot.Fill the pot with potting soil.Plant plants.We added these Celosia plants to our pot with the Bat PlantCelosia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ Plant in full sun.Be sure to water your newly planted flowers.
The Bat Plant ~ Cuphea llavea is a perennial flower that blooms from spring till fall.  It is known for drawing hummingbirds. ~  Plant in part or full sun.I bet you can "see" why it is called a Bat Plant :)  This is an exclusive photo that was ta
The Bat Plant ~ Cuphea llavea is a perennial flower that blooms from spring till fall. It is known for drawing hummingbirds. ~ Plant in part or full sun. I bet you can "see" why it is called a Bat Plant :) This is an exclusive photo that was ta
Gather supplies ~ Pot, Potting Soil, Rocks, Plants and shovel
Gather supplies ~ Pot, Potting Soil, Rocks, Plants and shovel
Make sure there are holes in the bottom of the pot.  If there are not holes, you will need to drill drainage holes in the bottom of your pot.
Make sure there are holes in the bottom of the pot. If there are not holes, you will need to drill drainage holes in the bottom of your pot.
Place a layer of rocks on the bottom of the pot.
Place a layer of rocks on the bottom of the pot.
Fill the pot with potting soil.
Fill the pot with potting soil.
Plant plants.
Plant plants.
We added these Celosia plants to our pot with the Bat PlantCelosia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ Plant in full sun.
We added these Celosia plants to our pot with the Bat Plant Celosia ~ Blooms spring, summer and fall ~ Plant in full sun.
Be sure to water your newly planted flowers.
Be sure to water your newly planted flowers.
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Do Come Back to My Container Garden Soon! - The swing in the background is just waiting for you, me, coffee or tea and a bit of conversation! 183 comments

BarbRad profile image

BarbRad 19 months ago from Templeton, CA

You inspire me with your lovely container garden. Your photos are gorgeous. I'm sharing this everywhere.


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Virginia Allain 20 months ago from Central Florida

The soil at our cottage isn't the best, so we went with a container garden on the deck. Mostly flowers, but this summer I planted some leaf lettuce for a salad garden too.


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GiftsByDiana 20 months ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

Yes, this can be a great solution to having pets or kids... mess with your plants.

Even at my shop, I keep flowers in window boxes and tomatoes and peppers... in pots - love them.


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TreasuresBrenda 21 months ago from Canada

I am no longer much of a gardener but your page looks like it would be helpful if I ever decide that I'm interested in doing so again! Love all of your pictures.


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ecogranny 2 years ago from San Francisco

Your photographs are so vivid, and your plants so healthy! Your container garden is absolutely lovely. And that iris! Oh my goodness, it is a treasure. Thank you so much for this walk through your garden. It was just what I needed at the end of a long day.


Ruthi 2 years ago

What lovely flowers you have in those containers! Your iris is spectacular!


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GrammieOlivia 2 years ago

Oh this is so going on the Weekend Gardeners page on FB. Come and join us there!

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SteveKaye 3 years ago

You have a beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing the photos of flowers.


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Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

I love all your helpful tips and product recommendations, and your photos are positively stunning! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. :)


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mariacarbonara 3 years ago

Great lens. I have bleeding heart in my garden too!


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favored 3 years ago from USA

I love container gardening, but have never used them for my Iris. Have you divided your plant over the years?


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kerrylea 3 years ago

The photo of the blue iris is gorgeous, wish I had a green thumb.


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PhilVardy 3 years ago

I see more and more people getting into container gardening - it works for vegetables, too!! Spread the love! :) great lens


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ryokomayuka 3 years ago from USA

Sounds like a fun thing to do. There are some lovely flowers.


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leifgustafson 3 years ago

I used to love container gardening in the winter using grow lamps... Great information and captivating photos


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Grasmere Sue 3 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

Even though I have a big garden I still grow lots in containers too. Lovely lens.


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kathysart 3 years ago

This is a GORGEOUS lens... it really is. I love all the pics you added of glorious flowers and even the pots to plant them in.


Aunt-Mollie 3 years ago

I love gardening in containers because there are no weeks, watering and fertilizing in easier, and the plants can be moved from place to place and even indoors for a centerpiece.


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aesta1 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Am already dreaming of what to put in my flower containers when I go home to Canada in June. Thanks for these ideas.


ohcaroline 3 years ago

First of all that iris is amazing to be so robust after 14 years. Secondly your photos are excellent. Lastly thanks for featuring Bleeding Hearts. We had them at the old homestead where I grew up....brought back a sweet memory.


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DvdMovieGirl 3 years ago

Fantastic array of colour, lovely plants and your photographs are magnificent! I love planting containers and ow have a few more ideas having read your Lens.


like-an-angel 3 years ago

Wonderful plants! Thanks for sharing all these ideas with us!


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Eric Mayo 3 years ago

Container gardens are great for folks who don't have a lot of room.


laurenrich 3 years ago

These pictures of your container flower garden are beautiful. l love beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing.


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nightbear lm 4 years ago

Beautiful container gardening choices. I do container gardening. I have a whole vegetable garden in containers. It is great.


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Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

Mouse, you have a gorgeous garden and yard. I'd sure enjoy sitting on your swing and looking at all your lovely flowers. I live in an apt. now, so perhaps a container or two on my tiny deck might be the way to have some colorful flowers at my place.


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BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

Just had to stop back by with some Angel Dust for this great page on Container Gardening. Put the coffee on, I'm on my way!


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DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

Spring is in the air! Just had to stop back by with a bit of Angel Dust for this awesome container gardening lens!


happynutritionist 4 years ago

What a beautiful photo of an Iris! I am so ready to be outside doing this...if it were't so cold...and snowy. I have a swing here ready for you too, on my deck where I do have some containers that I garden in. *blessed*


seosmm 4 years ago

Very interesting and nice lens! Really enjoyed it!


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jayavi 4 years ago

Nice suggestions, i like this LENS. i must try container gardening


anonymous 4 years ago

I love this lens full of pretty things. Love the bear pot my daughter would really love it.


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gadgetbuff 4 years ago

What a beautiful lens! Great pictures, especially since when I look out my window right now all I see is snow...... I really liked the mama bear container.


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Resident-Nerd 4 years ago

Very nice. I really liked the dog flower pot.


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MizzMary 4 years ago

Fabulous container garden and great lens, I really enjoyed your photos. I have never heard of the Bat plant, but now that I have I want one. I like the idea of having a container garden and also the idea of bringing them indoors on a whim.


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VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

Wow!!!


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Lorri123 4 years ago

I love gardens and flowers. I use pots a lot too, now that I am living in an apartment - very pretty lense.


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VictoriaKelley 4 years ago

beautiful lens! So colorful. I love gardening too.


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evannecarter 4 years ago

Nice...great tutorial...will bookmark


johnsja 4 years ago

I love your pot plants. Gorgeous colors.


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norma-holt 4 years ago

Great lens and love your garden. You have such good taste. Hugs


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LauraHofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

Love your photos! I will plant some bulbs in containers now. One year a squirrel did it for me...dug up my iris bulbs in the front yard and planted them in one of my containers in the backyard! It was actually a pleasant surprise!


nifwlseirff 4 years ago

Gorgeous lilies! I only have a space for a tiny balcony garden, so it's mostly taken up with herbs and vegetables. If I lived somewhere with a bit more outside space, I certainly would grow more flowers. Beautiful!


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GeoffWakeling 4 years ago

Beautiful collection of lilies you have, I'm quite jealous!


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GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

I loved seeing your container garden. That is one of my favorite things to do in my yard.

We want to try tomatoes in container gardens next year. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

I also really enjoy raised bed gardens.


Elastara 4 years ago

Wow ... your flowers are so lovely under your tender care. I absolutely love the blue iris, it is absolutely gorgeous!


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EpicFarms 4 years ago

My parents have switched to a container garden since downsizing this year. Their old house had gorgeous grounds and tons of flowers, but it just became too much for them to keep up with. Love all the different containers - fun!


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LaurenIM 4 years ago

Wowee I love the Labrador planter. He looks so charming!


AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

You really have a green thumb! The flowers are gorgeous. I just don't have much luck growing flowers even though I have always wanted an English flower garden.


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aiclogcabins 4 years ago

Really well put together lens and some great ideas for my own containers


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spids1 4 years ago

Great lens very well written.


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CoffeeWriter LM 4 years ago

Your photo of the blue iris is absolutely stunning! Used to container garden myself, but now I have a little more room.


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Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

Nice. We have a number of pots in our garden too - they're nice to move around to change things up nice and easily for a fresh view!


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radhanathswamifan 4 years ago

A very useful lens!


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LouisaDembul 4 years ago

Well presented. I also enjoy container gardening, we have a large terass.


anonymous 4 years ago

Nice job and great researched content. Always so much to learn and remember! Thanks


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Steph Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

Enjoyed your lovely garden and learned about a new plant that I think I have to have, The Mexican Heather Bat Plant.


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John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

Very interesting lens, I have many shrubs around my garden which makes large plantings of flowers difficult. One way I have gotten around this is to use lots of pots on my deck and patio and around the garden. I also plant smaller salad and vegetable plants in containers because of a preponderance of cats in the neighbourhood. - blessed


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Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

I love the pots that are animals. Very cute. Blessed!


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Coreena Jolene 4 years ago

Beautiful garden lens.


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Coreena Jolene 4 years ago

Beautiful garden lens.


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MrMojo01 4 years ago

Great lense!


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jillbrowne lm 4 years ago

I love flowers, and yours look great in the containers. I wish summer was longer. Our growing season seems so short. Thanks for the lens!


antoniow 4 years ago

wow, beautiful photos! Great job!


CristianStan 4 years ago

I am planning to plant herbs in our garden so I might be needing some pots for it. Maybe I could try to canvass for pots that would be attractive as I can make use of it as an added decoration in our place.


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wedpittsburgh lm 4 years ago

I am in a townhouse so have no garden of my own. I rely on container gardening. This is a great lens. Thank you for all the inspiration!


DUSTYNUMBERONE 4 years ago

Love your beautiful container garden! I wish I had the patience to follow in your footsteps.


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SpenceG 4 years ago

I love the colorful pictures. And that puppy flower pot is so cool.


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Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

Container gardening is so versatile! I have several containers growing figs, veggies and annuals, and I'm always on the lookout for the next big pot!


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flinnie lm 4 years ago from Alabama USA

Hi I love your container garden, the swing, and ice coffee sound good. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie and added to my lens Squid Angel flinnie.


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peggygallyot 4 years ago

Nice reading your lens. As I have a small garden I too have to plant in containers mostly.


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msseiboi 4 years ago

Good lens...i like it


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msseiboi 4 years ago

Good lens...i like it


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goo2eyes lm 4 years ago

i have to take some pictures of my garden and post them in my paradise garden lens. the weeds have grown taller than my vegetables. i have to dig deeper to look for them. anyhow, our main garden is decent, grass is always trimmed and evergreens are sculpted (by my husband). blessings.


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BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

I'm ready - the swing, coffee, you, me and cupcakes in your container garden!


momsfunny 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this lovely lens.


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Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

Very enjoyable touring your garden with all the container plantings. Since we have a yard service in Florida that takes care of the landscaping, I've turned to container planting on my lanai to satisfy my gardening desires.


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LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

What a lovely lens:)


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montanatravel52 4 years ago

Thanks for the great info - I am truly a novice when it comes to gardening, plants, flowers, etc. They always seem to die on me! I was looking for info on ideas for replanting the flowers my 5 year old daughter planted for me at preschool, and love the ideas in your lens. Thanks again for the help!


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Barbara2659 4 years ago

This is an absolutely beautiful lens...very informational too!


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LNAngel 4 years ago from Florida

I just started container gardening this year--right now I have some zinnias going since I wanted to create a cutting garden. I like the idea of container gardening for flowers because you have less of a pest problem this way!


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SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

I have very little space, so container gardening gives me that bit extra. I love to be able to move the out of season containers away and move in something in season.


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debbie-leigh 4 years ago

Great lens. I love it! I love container gardening too, especially flowers. I've never had much interest in growing fruit or veges. I sometimes think I should give them a try too but I always just end up with flowers.


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jlshernandez 4 years ago

I like container gardening as the pots can be moved wherever I want. Thanks for sharing your lovely flowers and tips.


DanielleAP 4 years ago

Great lens. I'd love any advice you could give me on my garden. http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-turn-my-garden-from-... Thanks!


DanielleAP 4 years ago

Great lens. I'd love any advice you could give me on my garden. http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-turn-my-garden-from-... Thanks!


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oceansky lm 4 years ago

Great information on the container garden flowers. I love all the pictures. Blessings.


Joan4 4 years ago

I really like the containers lining the sidewalk! I need to try that. I do enjoy container gardening for my flowers and right now I am using the little front porch stoop and our deck in the back. Thank you for great ideas for improving my little hobby!


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Holley Web 4 years ago

Beautiful and blessed :)


aishu19 4 years ago

Your container garden looks lovely! Great tips here for those who wish to pursue container gardening with flowers :) Thanks


fashionyahoo 4 years ago

very informative


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Aster56 4 years ago

I would love to have that tea on the swing and watch your garden .Bleeding heart how pretty .


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UKGhostwriter 4 years ago

A lot of time invested in this fantastic lens - well done!


dream1983 4 years ago

Another amazing lens from you! Well done


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squid-pinkchic18 4 years ago

Awesome lens, lots of great information here! Blessed by a squid angel :)


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ronny vandergunst 4 years ago

verry nice page, i like the flowers.:)


SquidooFlowers 4 years ago

This is the type of gardening I'm doing this year, flowers in pots on the patio :)


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mumsgather 4 years ago

I wish my garden looked like some of those from your pictures!


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psiloveyou1 4 years ago

I love container gardening as well. That is the most gorgeous iris I have ever seen! I never thought about putting irises in a container. Great lens. I'm going to add a link to my Flower Garden Photo lens.


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SusanDeppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

LOVE your container garden! I just added some containers to my porch this weekend. I absolutely must remember your idea of planting bulbs topped with pansies in the fall. That would work perfectly for me. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for the information - I need all the green thumb help I can get!


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cinefile 4 years ago

Mom was a big gardener, she would have loved this page.


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JustRelax LM 4 years ago

Beautiful flowers and great information thank you !


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Stacy Birch 4 years ago

My mom loves these container gardens.


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Ursel001 4 years ago

Super! Great also for my Mother an something to use my compost for!


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ottoblotto 4 years ago

Bloomin' beautiful!


Pot-Pie-Guy 4 years ago

After reading your lens, I felt like I had to go buy some pots, soil and flower seeds, and go plant some flowers with my daughter. :)


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Camden1 4 years ago

I'm starting to plant today, and I was wondering how perennials do in containers. Looks like they do wonderfully!


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Kathleen Hiler 4 years ago from Mountain Home

This lens is lovely..I used it in featured lenses for my own lens..All Things Purple-for April. Thanks for a good job here :)


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ItayaLightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

I'm in the process of planting some vegetables in containers and may have some containers left over for flowers! I hadn't thought of putting Iris plants in pots. What a lovely idea. Very beautiful article and garden you have! :)


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WhiteOak50 4 years ago

You did a fantastic job creating this lens and I wanted you to know that I have featured it on my new All About Irises page and leaving you with a Happy Earth Day Blessing!


anonymous 4 years ago

@jseven lm: You should try Kellogg Patio Plus Potting Soil.

I think it's some of the best out there and the price is good.

It's natural as well and contains bat guano, worm castings, chicken manure and sea kelp in the mix!


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Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

I love to container garden and find it a great stress reducer. Great page.


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naturegirl7s 4 years ago from Covington, LA

Lovely pictures and great information. Blessed.


anonymous 4 years ago

Very beautiful ideas. Thanks I am going to use some.


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TheLittleCardShop 4 years ago

Love all these ideas for container gardening. It is also a great solution for people who don't have a garden or want to decorate other areas around the house. I love to do container gardening in my balcony. Lovely photos :)


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BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

I appreciate all your tips! Trying my hand at container gardening (flowers and vegetables) for the first time this year. Great lens!


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dahlia369 4 years ago

I also grow all of my plants in large containers and have much better results that way. Wonderful lens, breathtaking photos! :)


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jseven lm 4 years ago

I love flower gardening, your instructions, beautiful pics and overall great lens! Angel blessed!


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angelsigh 4 years ago

Perfect solution for me as I now live in an apartment with a nice balcony. Thank you. Very colorful lens :D


TiffanyJeannine 4 years ago

Great lens. Love your photos. I can't wait to get out in my garden and flower beds.


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suzy-t 4 years ago

I love your container garden... especially the Bleeding Hearts...I also love the idea of being able to "redecorate" outside with containers of flowers and switch things up every so often for a completely different look. Thank you for sharing. Blessed...


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BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

Great lens, beautiful flowers. I keep looking at the gardening lenses hoping to get motivated, and this one got me quite a few steps closer:)


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justDawn1 4 years ago

Love your photos (& your lens, of course!) :)


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parmaggie 4 years ago

I love all your flowers. I'm in the process of trying to fill my yard (small) with veggies and flowers. I love sitting outside and seeing things grow that I have had a part in. Thank you for this beautiful lens and thank you for stopping by my lens and "liking" it.


anonymous 4 years ago

One great thing about container gardening is that you can change the look of your garden completely in a very short time without having to uproot your garden.


Grandma-Di 4 years ago

My hubby and I love container planting. Your lens gave me some new ideas. Thanks.


KatherineWakefield 4 years ago

Great lens, beautiful flowers!


OliveMyall 4 years ago

You have some truly stunning photographs of your work. Well done! A pleasure to view


pawpaw911 4 years ago

We garden in containers also. Enjoyed the lens very much.


anonymous 4 years ago

Congratulations on front page honors for this beauty, I was here last May and it is my pleasure to return and sprinkle a little angel dust...to help your container gardens bloom with delight!


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SoSimplyStephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

Great lens!


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MelonyVaughan 4 years ago

A truly stunning lens!


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mel-kav 4 years ago

What a beautiful container garden! Lovely photos!


anonymous 4 years ago

Beautiful photos. This definitely makes me want to brighten up our home.


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lasertek lm 4 years ago

Wow! You have a beautiful container garden.


River_Rose 4 years ago

Very nice lens! I like your garden!


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Ribolov LM 4 years ago

Nice lens, great pictures and a lot of good informations. Thnx for this lens!


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ForestBear LM 4 years ago

I enjoyed this lovely lens and the pretty pictures, you have done a great job. Guess Mama Bear will have to be my favorite :-)


Gala98 4 years ago

My mum is a crazy container gardener - unfortunately she also likes to travel so I get watering duty in the summer :) Lovely lens showing off all your lovely plants.


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yayas 4 years ago

You have such a lovely container garden. I am even tempted to try doing my own container garden with seeing your success. I have never heard of a bat plant. They look jus' like the bats we hadda' evict a few months back. I think I'd much rather have Bat plants than the flying kind.

I really appreciated your comment on my A Child's Travel Education in America page. You're right; no guarantees on our friendships, even when we stay in the same place. I'm so glad I've met so many won'erful friends online.


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nightbear lm 4 years ago

Your beautiful container garden is very much like mine. I love this so much. Everyone should do this. Blessed.


anonymous 4 years ago

Your flowers really are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the informative and tips. I'm inspired to do more container gardening.


getmoreinfo 4 years ago

This is a great lens I like the information and will be coming back to read more of your work.


KRaj_DST 4 years ago

That's a beautiful garden. I have always had plants in containers but have not always been lucky with the growth or flowering.. will redo everything this time. Thanks for the great read


seosri417 4 years ago

Beautiful lens.....


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indigoj 4 years ago from UK

That bat plant is remarkable, I've never seen anything like it before and did look twice in case I was being tricked! You really do have the prettiest garden. You inspire me to make more of an effort. :)


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Scarlettohairy 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

What a lovely container garden you have! I love your iris and that bat plant it so strange. Looks just like a creepy little bat! Amazing.


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Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States Author

@Holley Web: LOL, he is kind of a crazy dog and he does like to smell the flowers, but he doesn't dig them up :) I have been very fortunate with that because I know labs like to dig.


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Holley Web 4 years ago

What a gorgeous container garden! I could swear I see Merlin just about to get into the flowers ;) I really love the Iris, Day Lilies, and the Bleeding Hearts.


Gala98 4 years ago

lovely pics & beautiful garden too. I've lost almost all my container plants this wiinter so I'm going to have to start afresh :(


MBcandy 4 years ago

Enjoyed reading your wonder lens, well done!


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jlshernandez 4 years ago

I have a few flowers in containers but they do not do as well as the ones planted in the ground. Thanks for the ideas and I will planting more in containers this Spring.


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Diana Wenzel 4 years ago from Colorado

You definitely have two green thumbs. Gorgeous container garden. That iris is amazing (my favorite flower). And, thank you for introducing me to the bat plant, as my hummingbirds will appreciate a new treat. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and very helpful tips. It was wonderful to have some spring in my day (since it snowed here yesterday).


miaponzo 4 years ago

I am going to use some of these great ideas for my future garden, when I move :) Blessed!


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lilymom24 5 years ago

The flowers on this lens are absolutely beautiful. Makes me impatient for my spring flowers.


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Ilonagarden 5 years ago from Ohio

Beautiful photos - you really have done such a great job here, and your garden containers plants thrive!


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gemjane 5 years ago

What a lovely yard you have! I love the cat planter. What a show-stopper that blue and white iris is!


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Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

Flower gardening is such a relaxing and comforting pastime. Looking at the beaming flowers in the freshness of the morning provides the assurance that all is well with the world.


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viscri8 5 years ago

the smartest way to keep a plant is in pots -- one can move it then from time to time to another spot in the yard. In Africa it is is usual to keep domestic plants in pots -- and change their places acccording to the season; their maintenance is also becoming easier.


annamari 5 years ago

I was happy to find your lens. I did not realize that I could plant tulip bulbs in pots.

Your container garden looks lovely and is inspirational.

I found your tips under purchasing the right potting soil, very helpful.

Bright and wonderful lens!


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TapIn2U 5 years ago

This just gave me ideas on how to do my garden. Now, it will be as beautiful as yours. Thank you for sharing this with us. Sundae ;-)


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KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

I'm amazed at the beautiful containers available now. I'm in need of a huge pot for my largest ficus tree, then everyone moves up to a bigger-sized pot. We're doing an addition to the house next year, so pots work perfectly for foliage and we'll just move them later.


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sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

really a wonderful presentation. ~blessed~


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Lady Lorelei 5 years ago from Canada

Hi and so glad to hear that you got the cookie press - that was very fast too! I got the points and thank you so much. Best wishes.


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kimbesa2 5 years ago from USA

Beautiful lens and flowers...thanks!


seradis 5 years ago

What a great informative lens on container gardening! I just started doing this, and I will use the information in this lens, thanks!


pawpaw911 5 years ago

We do some container gardening, but I think you do a much better job of it. Beautiful lens.


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justholidays 5 years ago

Well, I'd say that you provided me with ideas for growing flowers in containers!

Blessed by a passing angel on Squidoo.


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squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

Very fun and helpful lens! I found out my new house already has tulips planted but only two batches came up, so I have to find some more flowers to plant :) This helps!


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Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

Oh, I do so love your container garden. I need to try that once I figure out how to keep the fire ants away from my plants.


purpleslug 5 years ago

Great lens! The bat plant is beautiful. I have never heard of one until I saw it on your lens. Thanks!


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SpellOutloud 5 years ago

Your flowers are beautiful! What a wonderful lens. I appreciate all the photos.


anonymous 5 years ago

Container gardening allows everyone to have a garden and yours is an amazing example. The nice things about rocks is that they also weight down the pots fro heavy winds. One would think the dirt would be enough but I've had plants damaged when dumped over by strong winds if placed on a stump or other outdoor display.


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Terry Boroff 5 years ago from FL

Beautiful photos and your iris is gorgeous! I see more pots in my near future, Thanks!


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Stazjia 5 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

You've got a really beautiful garden, Cynthia, and you are using your containers so effectively. Blessed.


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annieangel1 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

tea for me please - lovely lens. I grow some veggies in containers too. Angel blessed and featured on Angel blessed in May (or whatever I called it) :o)


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CastleRoyLisa 5 years ago from Rhode Island

I love container gardens and you pics are Beautiful


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HealthfulMD 5 years ago from Northern California

What a great idea and a great lens and all you had to do was step outside. We're converting the garden to containers this year, maybe next year it will be converting the flowers as well.


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ZenandChic 5 years ago

This is exactly what I am trying to do. I have two gerberas I need to replant. You can see them on my Story of pink gerberas lens. I am bookmarking this lens. I am going to refer to it. In fact I think I will lensroll it to my flower lenses! Love it! Blessed!


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Heather426 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

Beautiful lens, beautiful garden!


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DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

I love container gardens! Seems it was always easier for me with limited time and I can move them around as you said!


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mbgphoto 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

Beautiful flowers...what a great idea. I would have never thought of putting iris bulbs in pots. I will definitely try that. Great lens...blessed


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linhah lm 5 years ago from California

Very pretty garden! I'll be right over.

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