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Easy Container Gardens

Updated on February 17, 2016

Container Gardening

At Easy Container Gardens you will learn how a simple garden can still be yours even if you lack space and time. Why you should consider container gardening. Some tips and pointers to get you started and a variety of things you want to think about as you create your garden. I will also share some experts' advice on plant selection and care. That small barren space can become a delightful oasis or reprieve with a bit of greenery and a touch of creativity.

Inspiring Container Gardening


Advantages Of Container Gardening

1) Your home landscape, entry-ways and balconies and decks can become infused with color fragance and style.

2) Planted pots and hanging baskets can easily hide eyesores around your home with strategic placement.

3) Garden planters can easily be moved or replanted when your displays fade or plants outgrow their space.

4) There is less chance of pest damage with proper maintenance.

5) Portability means you can take your container garden with you if you move.

6) Unsuitable soil conditions can be overcome when you plant in containers and planter boxes.

Ideal Solution

Container Gardens

If you have no plot of land but still desire the beauty of a garden, container gardening is your ideal solution. Container plantings can be changed from season to season for continuous color. They can be mixed and matched, moved and arranged as the occasion may dictate. Your success depends upon the thoughtful selection of plants and containers that work well separately, in groups, and a variety of locations.

When choosing the ideal plants for your container gardens consider these choices...Here are a few examples of plants that thrive in containers, you will want to investigate further for your cilmate and region. For planters that you will be placing in the direct sun choose viburnum, chinese hibiscus, lilac, dwarf crape myrtle and hydrangea. For partial shade select camellias, azaleas, gardenias and pieris

~The Delightful Scent Of Fragrant Flowers Becomes A Memorable Treat When Visiting Your Garden~

Add Color To Your Garden With Containers

If your garden space is drab and dreary brightly colored pots will dramatically increase your garden's color quotient. Whatever you are planting, flowers, cactus, or herbs, these delightful pieces will make a welcome addition to any space. Since each piece is individually hand painted by Talavera artists, no two pieces will be identical and the picture is a representation of the general painting patterns and colors used. Talavera is an art form that has its roots starting in the 16th Century. Original styles have been influenced with Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Chinese origins. The Spaniards brought the technique to Mexico with a distinctive style that came from Talavera de la Reina, a city in the central part of Spain. From there it developed into a contemporary art form that is still extremely popular. Many villages were built just to support the making of the numerous forms that can be purchased today.

I personally love these colorful pots and find them very attractive and cheerful.

Container Gardening Tips

Use These Tips To Make Your Garden Pop

Stagger Height

To offer additional interest select containers of different sizes and create groupings.

Use Colorful Varieties

Use attractive flowers, foliage, fruit or vegetables in your planters for color and texture.

Incorporate Textural Contrasts

You can make a stunning statement by combining textures even if you are growing all green plants. Grasses go with seemingly everything and create contrast.

Plant Bulbs

Surprise yourself with a splendid splash of color by planting bulbs in your containers. Plant spring bulbs in the fall, and summer bulbs in the spring and enjoy fabulous color for an entire growing season.

Include Support

Let your vines grow upright, which allows space for trailing plants and fillers.

Manage Your Space

Container gardening is ideal for small spaces, with creative use of sizes you may be able to get more plants than you think into a tight space.

Easy Access

You will want to place your containers so that they are easily accessible for watering and enjoyment purposes.

Plant Styles

Create a lush look by growing plants that seem to exude color, texture and fragrance. Look for hints in leaf, flower, or foliage color.

Garden Art

Leave a little space in your containers for garden art. It can create a focal point, a touch of whimsy and is an additional way to share your personality.

Simple Steps For Creating Garden Containers

Create A Lovely Retreat

Turn your balconies, porches or patios into a lovely retreat with container gardens. Following these simple steps it's easy.

1)Choose the Containers and Plants

Choose containers that fit the size of plants you are going to use. Make sure your containers have drainage holes. Contrasting large and small will create a visual interest. Annual plants and bulbs are a popular choice

2) Plant

Use high - quality potting soil to fill your containers. Fill to about 3 inches from the top and dig out space for one plant at a time.

3) Water

Once you have placed your plants in the container, water gently until you see water coming out of the drainage hole. Carefully arrange them to your liking.


Move your containers to create the look you desire. You can mix large and small, place in groupings, use hanging containers, pot stands and railing boxes to create added interest.

Pamela Crawford's Container Gardening - Introducing Blue Ribbon Plant Combos

Pamela Crawford has created a complete guide to simple container gardening design. It includes illustrated instructions to create gorgeous, fool-proof container gardens.This book introduces blue ribbon plant combos that you plant in the spring and just add water for the entire growing season. That's right: no trimming, no fertilizing, and no spraying for up to seven months! Learn the 48 easiest plants and how to arrange them into 70 fabulous container recipes.

Tips For Maintaining Healthy Foliage

1)Water and feed your plants consistently.

2)Water as needed so that the soil does not dry out.

3)Maintain a clean look and encourage new growth by pinching back old blooms.

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    • ramonabeckbritman profile image

      Ramona 6 years ago from Arkansas

      I did have a small herb garden a few years ago. I used the herbs in many of my recipes. I think I just might try a container garden and incorporate it in the rest of my garden. i just never knew how to mix and match the flowers and such. thanks for the video included it gave me some ideas. Lovely lens by the way. Have a great day!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens, 5*, I just like to get outdoors and play in the dirt!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I combined container gardening and maintaining a small kitchen garden last summer. The combination worked well

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      Very nice lens. I plant tomatoes in pots every year, and I keep them on my balcony.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great topic. Well covered. I just like the way you formulate your lenses.


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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I love to garden. Unfortunately I don't have the time I need to dedicate to it. My garden is small but I get a lot of produce out of it.

      Lensrolled to The Kitchen Garden and Planning a Garden.


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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for the tips :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like the idea of container gardening, I tried it this summer for the first time and liked it. Much easier than having all kinds of flower gardens. I never even thought about using pretty planter pots!

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      I'd love to see the "jewel tone" recommendations. I'm very partial to lobelias, and always looking for flowers with similar pizazz for my wee patio garden.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I love these pretty ideas and helpful tips. Container gardens can be a lovely way to bring nature into your life. Another *~*~ Angel Blessing ~*~* for this cheerful lens.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Nicely done. Blessed by a SquidAngel:)

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      Demaw 7 years ago

      Container gardens are great for many types of plants. You can even decorate your own pots to match any decor.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      What a beautiful lens with such much wonderful information! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens

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      triathlontraini1 8 years ago

      Those are very nice, colorful containers, especially the Talvera ones. :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Awesome! I"m adding this lens as a resource on my lens The Victory Garden.


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      Millertime LM 8 years ago

      Container gardening is a great way for anyone to garden just about anywhere. I've used the method when I haven't had room for a regular garden and it works great. Nice lens.

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      CleanerLife 8 years ago

      Looks like a really good idea! I think I really should give this a try, and I love your choice of pots rather than the cheap plastic ones!

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      Mickie Goad 8 years ago

      Thank you for your hard work creating this beautiful lens. I am going to lensroll it to three of mine: Growing Great Tomatoes in Pot, Best Tweets about Container Gardening and My Small Vegetable Garden.

      Love the poster by Kim Parker. You have wonderful taste!

      (The security word I had to enter was "cowpop"--interesting since manure is a great addition to soil---I know it was "cowpop" not p**p lol, but I just thought it was interesting)

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      These are great tips - container gardening is definitely becoming more popular.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens, and great ideas! However, I'm lucky my 4 kids are alive and thriving - I think thriving plants are just too much to hope for on top of that! LOL! Nice lens, 5*****!

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      shwetashah 8 years ago

      You have explained steps to make container gardening really nicely and briefly. Easily understandable.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love this lens, and the Talavera pots are really nice. Great tips that I will remember for my garden. Thank you for sharing. 5*

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wow beautiful! Love your choice of posters as well as all the gorgeous pots. Makes me just want to rush out and buy some and plant flowers in them. I need more beauty in my yard! 5*s

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I too love those Talvera pots...they are so colorful! Great idea for a lens! 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Love those Tavlera pots! Be sure to change that default heading for your featured lenses.