Gardens - Container Gardening

Six creative container arrangements

Boost your blooming power this season with colourful, eye-catching combos


Planting focus: Moving large containers
You have to throw a lot of garden design principles out the window when you plant a container. Sometimes it’s more helpful to think of it in terms of creating a floral arrangement in a vase; the principles of good flower arranging are more useful to container gardeners than those for creating a well-balanced flowerbed. Notice how the colours of the flowers and foliage in this tall, entranceway container echo and complement each other, while the shapes and textures of the leaves themselves are highly varied.

Container lesson
Large containers will enable you to grow a greater variety of plants—including shrubs and small trees—and usually add a stylistic element of their own (from formal to casual). Nevertheless, they can be difficult to move around the garden or take indoors over winter. If you buy a large container (which will be even heavier once it’s planted) do your back a favour and splurge for a hand dolly (or “hand truck”) with an extended noseplate that will accommodate the base of large planters.

Shopping list

  • Foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Meyersii’)
  • Tuberous begonia CV. (Begonia cv. [T])
  • Ti tree (Cordyline fruticosa)
  • Standard fuchsia CV. (Fuchsia cv.)
  • Gold-leaved Algerian ivy (Hedera algeriensis experimental form)
  • ‘Pink Stripe’ wandering jew (Tradescantia pallida ‘Pink Stripe’)

Photography by Edward Pond, plants provided by Plant World


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