Contain Yourself! Gardening in Containers and Pots

Container gardening expands your growing—and landscape design—possibilities.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Beds and Seats

Communal gardens must be low-maintenance, so giant container-like raised beds are used for this newly planted garden. The elevated soil level is at a height that makes plants easy to tend, and the retaining walls make suitable spots to sit.

Ascending Beauty

These square cast, concrete containers flow gracefully down the flight of stairs, while the unruly stems of Lady’s Slipper (Pedilanthus macrocarpus) explode out of them like fireworks.

Garden Guards

Standing like sentries at the gateway to a small town garden, these oversized terra cotta pots neatly topped with boxwood finials make a dramatic entrance.

Wall of Pots

Rustic features like stacked, old terra cotta pots add to the effect of a romantic, cottage style garden.

Oval Elegance

This London garden includes a formal lawn and borders on the upper terrace, and neat square beds and elegant pots on the lower terrace. Brick stairs and walk along with the terra cotta tile lower terrace adds to the formal feel.

Rooftop Plant Terrace

Subtle elevations split the garden into separate areas and increase the illusion of space.

Oval Decking

The elliptical deck in the small terrace works in a similar way to the circular shapes, pulling the eye away from the edges, though in this case the materials and shape convey informality.

Lighting Up

Up lighting is used to highlight or accent distinct plants or accessories in a yard. Spotlight or floodlight fixtures mounted on the ground are the best way to achieve this technique. Here up lights feature contemporary containers at night.

Blue on Blue

Planting warm colored flowers around a deck or patio will make it seem warmer. Try to use masses of a single color instead of mixing colors in a flower bed. Mass planting of a single color will produce a stronger impact.

Mobile Gardens

These innovative planters are equipped with wheels that make them easy to move around this rooftop garden terrace. In winter, they can be easily wheeled to a sheltered spot where tending and pruning can be carried out to minimize mess.

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