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  • Melynda Ropelato

    Great Container Garden (partial shade) For the front porch..

  • Brenda Brown

    Container Garden: Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'), Coleus (Sun Velvet Red), Plectranthus (Variegatus), Impatients (Dazzler Pink), Licorice plant

  • Kyle Partridge

    Container Garden Ideas: Use ornamental grasses to add height and texture to any planting. Here, purple fountaingrass adds extra color, too. This planting grows best in partial shade. A. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') -- 2 B. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Sun Velvet Red') -- 3 C. Plectranthus 'Variegatus' -- 2 D. Impatiens 'Dazzler Pink' -- 2 E. Licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare) -- 2

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Container-Garden : Create Architectural Interest Use plant forms to create architectural interest in your landscape. Here, a fullmoon maple makes a wonderful contrast against mounding plants and its square container.

Unusual plants plants can make a big difference. Here, dracaena (a common houseplant) creates a tropical touch when used outdoors -- especially against a stunning taffeta plant. A. Beefsteak plant (Iresine herbstii) -- 2 B. Taffeta plant (Hoffmannia ghiesbreghtii) -- 1 C. Dracaena 'Song of India' -- 2

A large timber post serves as a tabletop for a spectacular flower dust plant displaying its splendid pink blooms. Several containers of echeveria accompany this flowering kalanchoe. One pot mounts to the post by means of a plant hook. The others rest on board benches. A. Flower dust plant (Kalanchoe pumila) -- 1 B. Echeveria imbricata -- 5 C. Echeveria secunda -- 3

Ornamental grasses add texture to any container planting. Here, purple fountaingrass rises up like fireworks out of a collection of bold, beautiful plants. This planting grows best in full sun. A. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') -- 2 B. Dusty miller (Centaurea 'Colchester White') -- 1 C. Diascia 'Sun Chimes Coral' -- 4 D. Alternanthera 'Red Thread' -- 2 E. Caricature plant (Graptophyllum pictum) -- 1

Use Containers: ontainer gardens can be a delightful substitute for a wall or fence. Here, for example, Brian and Robert planted a tall container with a tree-form hydrangea. Together the plant and container reach about 6 feet tall; of course, as the hydrangea grows, the height will increase.

I love the height, and the colours, and the planter, and the trellis...

This planting grows best in partial shade. A. New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax) -- 1 B. Plectranthus 'Easy Gold' -- 2 C. Society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) -- 2 D. Silver thyme (Thymus 'Argenteus') -- 1 E. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) -- 1 F. Philodendron 'Prince of Orange' -- 1

A. Alternathera 'Purple Knight' -- 1 B. Calibrachoa 'Blush Purple' -- 6 C. Plectranthus argentatus -- 1 D. Vinca major 'Variegata' -- 2 E. Dracaena marginata --