13 Design Ideas for Container Gardens

Discover ideas for container gardens, and why they are ideal for the small outdoor space or patio.

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Bold Rhododendron in Glazed Container

A bold pink rhododendron fills a glazed container producing a dazzling display for patio or balcony garden.

Recycled Crate Gives Rustic Look to Natural Style

Decorative plant containers come in a variety of materials and styles, including recycled crates, giving a natural look to backyard space.

Colorful Glazed Containers Used for Exotic Plants

Decorative plant containers come in a variety of materials and styles, including colorful glazed pots giving a tropical look to backyard space.

Modern Containers Are Used for Architectural Plants

Decorative plant containers come in a variety of materials and styles, including metallic containers used for architectural foliage giving a contemporary look to a backyard space.

Traditional Terra Cotta Pots Suit Cottage Plants

Decorative plant containers come in a variety of materials and styles, including traditional terra cotta containers giving an earthy or cottage style look to backyard space.

Colorful Container Garden

Create a patio garden by planting a variety of plant species in containers of different sizes and colors.

Contain Your Enthusiasm

Succulents "give you such architectural interest" says Patti McGee, who has sprinkled containers of them throughout her Charleston garden.

Easy Container Plant

Sedum grows over this container, and does especially well in hot, humid environments.

Tiered Containers Create Dramatic Screen

Tiered containers act as a dramatic privacy screen for balcony or terrace gardens. Keep the plan simple by repeating key plants and matching planters that will blend with garden design.

Kitchen Garden Feature Galvanized Containers

Galvanized containers are filled with vegetables and blooming flowers in this colorful and productive kitchen garden design.

Wooden Containers Weather Well

Wood is a good material for a container, and weathers well if it is treated with a preservative. It is also hard wearing and can tolerate rough treatment. It blends in well with most landscaping designs.

Mix Containers in the Landscape

Garden container filled with Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold', Heuchera 'Black Beauty', purple violas, and Red-veined dock (Rumex sanguineus)

Simple Containers Used for Striking Topiaries

Simple containers made from terra cotta are a good way to show off topiaries and trailing plants. Use to line a pathway or dress up a patio or garden entrance.

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