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

Decorating With Pots: Clean and Contemporary

The modern look is a byword for sharp angular shapes and minimalism, using architectural plants, especially evergreens, to highlight the style. Geometry is in; overblown romantic gestures and clutter are out.

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Black and Shiny

The tall, black-stemmed bamboo Phyllostachys nigra is an excellent choice for a contemporary container. The new growth is dark green but turns shiny black within one or two seasons. When the stems become congested, repot in a larger container.

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