Decorating With Pots: Hanging Displays

Window boxes and hanging baskets are excellent for jazzing up dull or empty spaces. Give them a contrasting look every few months with seasonal plants, such as coral gem and Italian bellflowers.

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Winter Warmer

A small plastic plant pot can easily be slipped into a wicker basket screwed to a wall. This simple winter scheme features pansies (Viola) Alternatively, try using variegated ivy (Hedera) with pink and green ornamental cabbages (Brassica oleracea). Primula, crocus, and dwarf narcissus provide spring color.

Tray of Flowers

A wire tray on chains is a novel twist on a hanging basket and holds several pots of pansies (Viola) to add color to a fall or winter patio.

Bursting With Color

A lively mix of pink, yellow, purple, red and white creates an expanding, dangling ball of color. Use the biggest hanging basket available, plant densely, and keep pinching out the initial growth to encourage bushier plants and more flowers.

Vibrant Veranda

Deep purple-and-red-filled baskets provide great spheres of color, rhythmically and tastefully repeated around a white-painted veranda.

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