Potted plants add color, texture, beauty and versatility to your indoor and outdoor spaces. Here's everything you need to know about container gardening.

Bog Garden in a Pot

Learn how to grow a unique container garden full of plants that prefer damp soil.

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Mulch and Water

Firm in the plants, water well and add a mulch of organic matter. Set the container in a partially shaded area and water frequently. In mild climates, reduce watering in winter to prevent the soil from freezing. In colder areas, move the pot indoors to a bright spot. In spring, replace the top 3 in. of compost with fresh material. Add slow-release fertilizer.

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Planting Ideas

Large containers are ideal for bog plants because they hold more soil and water, and provide the best conditions for good growth.

Plant Choices
Any plants that like boggy soil can be added to a container display, as long as you match the size of the pot to your plants. Check plant labels carefully for height and spread. For example, the gigantic leaves and stems of an imposing giant rhubarb will need a large pot to support them, while a group of primulas will be happy in a smaller container.

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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