Choosing the Right Garden Container

Pots can add style to a plot or be purely functional. Select containers that suit your style of garden and your choice of crops.

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Citrus Potted in Decorative Terra-Cotta Container

Terra cotta and glazed pots will help draw attention to focal plants, such as citrus trees. They come in a variety of colors, styles and sizes. They are porous, so make sure to water plants more often in summer.

Plastic Planters Good for Cropping Plants

Plastic containers are inexpensive and a good way to crop plants. Make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom, fill with compost and plant any number of cropping vegetables or flowers. They hold moisture well, needing less water.

Metal Planters Make Stylish Display for Plants

Metal pots make a stylish display for plants, as well as ones from galvanized steel. Most metals are long lasting and retain water well, but they also heat up quickly. Keep them watered well.

Wooden Crate Planters Give Rustic Feel to Patio

Wooden crates and baskets bring a rustic feel to garden planters. They may need to be lined if the designs are too open. Make sure there are drainage holes in the liner if one is used.

Variety Planting Makes a Productive Plot

A variety of vegetables mixed with blooming summer annuals create a sunny summer mix of colors, textures and foliages. Fruits and blooms mingle together in beautiful display.

Grow Bags Good Choice for Growing Vegetables

Grow bags, raised planters, and plastic buckets can be used for growing vegetables. Drainage holes, rich compost, water, and a sunny spot are all that is needed.

Larger Planter Holds Variety of Herbs

A larger planter can hold a variety of herbs such as thyme, basil, sage and marjoram. They can hold more compost, which means they will support more plants.

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