A good-looking container garden is a sight to behold. It can be a focal point or an accent. It can stand alone or with companions. And it can find a place almost anywhere in the yard -- from a secluded patio to an open deck or a crowded garden bed. Here are 12 container combos you might like to try.
A plastic tote holds a variety of shade-loving plants. The large, colorful leaves of caladium set the stage for this low-maintenance, high-appeal container design. Plants: caladium, beefsteak plant (Iresine herbstii), impatiens. Conditions: Shade to partial shade.
An understated arrangement of pastel flowers and silver foliage complements a softly colored pot. The subtle colors are best seen against a plain green backdrop. Plants: dusty miller, dianthus, blue lobelia. Conditions: Sun.
Double Your Pleasure
A pot overflowing with calibrachoa is paired with lush annual geraniums. The dark-pink centers of the calibrachoa echo the blooms of the geraniums. The stair-step arrangement adds visual interest. Plants: calibrachoa, geranium. Conditions: Sun to partial sun.
Feel the Heat
The berries of the firethorn shrub (Pyracantha coccinea) complement the accompanying orange flowers and red-tinted foliage. Plants: firethorn, variegated geranium, coleus, goldfish plant (Nematanthus), lantana, calibrachoa. Conditions: Sun to partial sun.
Hooray for Hydrangeas!
A dwarf hydrangea makes a sparkling centerpiece in this container design. Its blue flowers capture attention even from a distance. Plants: Mini Penny hydrangea, violas, snapdragon, Juncus ‘Blue Arrows’. Conditions: Sun to partial sun.
Stack a smaller terra-cotta pot on top of a larger one. Hold them in place by staking a piece of rebar through the drainage hole of the smaller pot. Fill both pots with heat-loving annuals. Plants: marigold, zinnia, creeping zinnia (Sanvitalia). Conditions: Sun.
The Value of Silver
Silver-leaved artemisia and dianthus enhance the companion flowers. Plants: Cheddar pink dianthus (Dianthus gratianopolitanus), snapdragon, sweet William (Dianthus barbatus), ‘Powis Castle’ artemisia, ‘East Friesland’ salvia. Conditions: Sun to partial sun.
Scaling the Heights
A shapely urn and decorative obelisk work together to create a focal-point planter. Contrasting colors give definition to the sprawling plants. Plants: mini petunia, verbena, coleus, gloxinia (Lophospermum erubescens). Conditions: Sun to partial sun.
Daisies anchor this arrangement, which is packed with cottage charm. The white blooms echo those of nearby daffodils. Plants: daisy, sweet alyssum, pansies, ‘Emerald Pink’ creeping phlox. Conditions: Sun to partial sun.
A potted panicle hydrangea makes a statement. Plants: panicle hydrangea (H. paniculata), ajuga, catmint (Nepeta x faassenii), coral-bells (Heuchera), Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum), garden phlox (Phlox paniculata). Conditions: Partial shade.
Stick with the Bold
Bright red hues and painted twigs give this planter an artistic aura. Plants: scarlet sage (Salvia splendens), Texas sage (Salvia coccinea), pentas, verbena, dianthus, Swedish ivy (Plectranthus australis). Conditions: Sun to partial sun.
Bright-Eyed and Bushy Tailed
This combination brings smiles because the yellow, blue, and pink make a friendly statement. The colorful design masks rosebush stems. Plants: strawflower (Bracteantha bracteata), phlox, fan flower (Scaevola aemula). Conditions: Sun to partial sun.