Sculptural Garden Plants
Create a bit of drama in your garden with these surprisingly easy foliage plants in large containers.
Cordylines, or Ti Plants
The colored-leaved cultivars are great in pots, but if you want yours to grow into a large specimen, choose the hardiest, plain green Cordyline australis.
Planting and Aftercare
Grow cordylines in the sun or partial shade in well-drained soil, or potting soil amended with compost if planting in a container. Feed them annually in spring with a granular slow-release fertilizer. Lower leaves turn yellow as the plant ages; cut these back to the trunk or leave them to fall off. In colder areas; leaves may suffer damage from winter winds and snow. Protect them by tying the foliage together loosely around the central leaves.
The best yuccas have striped, variegated foliage but also sharp spikes, so don't plant them where young children could be hurt.
Planting and Aftercare
Yuccas do best in sheltered gardens in well-drained soil and full sun. Extremely drought tolerant, they thrive in containers, and are well suited to coastal gardens. They need little care, which is lucky, because their spikes make them difficult to work with.
Make a Statement
Yucca's arching shape suits a pot, but it will also grow well in the ground as long as there is sufficient drainage and sunshine.
Commonly known as New Zealand flax, these striking plants come in many colors and sizes, from dainty, container-sized cultivars to vast, shrub-like specimens.
Planting and Aftercare
Phormiums are easy to grow and will tolerate all types of soil. They prefer full sun but will tolerate some shade. Although they are hardy, individual leaves may suffer frost damage, but these can be removed, and the plant will quickly recover in spring.
The dwarf phormium, 'Jester' (image 1), reaches 36 inches in height and spread, and is ideal for pots.
Variegated flax (image 2); 'Tricolor' mountain flax (image 3); 'Sundowner' New Zealand flax (image 4); 'Bronze Baby' New Zealand flax (image 5)
How to Grow Blackberry Plants in Pots
Blackberries are usually big plants and unsuitable for pots, but the thornless varieties are less vigorous and can be successfully grown in a large container.
How to Plant a Cactus Container Garden
Yee-haw! Turn a container into a desert landscape by filling it with prickly cacti and other succulent plants.
Balancing Your Potted Plant Display
All gardening is a glorified form of flower arranging; this is particularly true of potted displays, where you need to think about the look of the containers as well as the plants.
Plant a Winter Hanging Basket
In mild climates, seasonal hanging baskets add a splash of color to the garden throughout the coldest months.
Plant a Rose and Perennial Garden
Create a contemporary display using disease-resistant roses and pretty perennials for a modern mix of flowers and foliage.
Container Gardening in the Spring
This elegant spring show builds up from the alternating white and blue hyacinths to the blue grape hyacinths (Muscari), hidden in their grasslike leaves, and up to the beautiful Fuji cherry (Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai').
How to Plant Bromeliads
Learn about this low-maintenance family of plants known for its clustered leaves and showy, long-lasting flowers.
A Colorful Container Garden for Mild Climates
A basket garden full of colorful foliage and flowers will create a welcome focal point for the patio during chilly weather.
How to Grow Salad Greens in Garden Beds
Growing a successful crop of leafy greens in your garden will give you weeks of harvest.
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