Ranks of Terra-Cotta Pots
Large terra-cotta pots are stylish, easy to care for and look perfect arranged along the edge of a flight of steps or on a patio. This patch of light shade suits sage, mint, thyme and parsley well, although almost any herb will flourish in a container when well watered. To keep plants compact and bushy, regularly pinch out the growing tips or clip with shears.
Recycled Kitchen Colander
Hanging baskets are a great way to create extra growing space, and a kitchen colander, with ready-made drainage holes, is a quirky alternative to standard designs. Tumbling varieties of bush tomatoes, with trusses of colorful fruit, will cascade over the edge of the container, as will fast-growing orange-flowered nasturtiums. Herbs, such as parsley and thyme, are perfect for filling in any gaps. Hang the basket out of strong winds and keep it well watered.
Tip for a Small Garden
To make the most out of available space, intersperse fast-growing crops, such as radishes and lettuce, in plantings of slower-growing vegetables. Here, red-leaved lettuces are ready for harvest, while the zucchini plant they surround has yet to set fruit. Nearby, a pepper plant shares its pot with basil.
Group containers of all shapes, sizes and finishes to create a colorful effect. This tiled patio is given a contemporary feel with metallic containers filled with the bold foliage of Asian greens and colored stems of Swiss chard 'Bright Lights'. Consider including galvanized garbage cans or colorful plastic containers; just be sure that drainage holes are drilled in their bases.