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15 Spring Container Garden Recipes

Take the guesswork out of mixing and matching plants with these ready-made combinations.

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‘Confetti Glossy Strawberry’

Your containers will sparkle when you plunk a pretty Confetti garden into a pot. Growers make this eye-catching combination goofproof—you buy it, already mixed, in a 6- or 12-inch pot or basket. Or, buy the plants separately and tuck them into the same pot. Recipe for 12-inch pot (1 each in 4-inch pots): Red Fox Peppy Red petunia, Empress Flair Red verbena and Yolo White sweet alyssum.

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‘Dynamite Silhouette Mix’ Pansy

Highlight the beauty of pastels by planting pots with this pretty pansy mix. When bedding plant breeders develop varieties, they often blend the single colors into an eye-pleasing mix. Buy these mixes, and you’re on your way to practically perfect containers. Recipe: Purchase the number of cell packs needed to give your pot a lush, full look. A rough guide is one 4-cell pack per 8-inch pot.

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SimplySalad ‘Alfresco Mix’

Colorful greens can create a striking container garden, and the blend is goofproof when it’s a SimplySalad brand. This blend of red and green leaf lettuces, arugula, endive and radicchio is perfectly designed by the grower. Look for it in 4- to 8-inch pots. Recipe: Buy one 4-inch pot and plant it into a 6- to 8-inch container.

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‘Pleasantly Blue’ Petunia Fuseables

Classic petunias display updated style in a perfect blend of purple shades. Grandiflora petunias—the kind with the big flowers—stage a big show with this grower-produced custom blend of ‘Dreams Midnight’ and ‘Daddy Blue’ petunias. Look for this blend planted in 4- to 10-inch pots. Recipe: Buy a pre-planted pot and drop it into your own 8- to 10-inch-wide container.

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