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Plants for Containers in the Sun. My favorite perennial for pots in the sun — sedums of all types. I also love grasses with trailing plants, the photo right being a stunning example of combination.

This tall, slender container attracts attention and fits perfectly into narrow spaces. Difficulty: Easy; ?Container: 12-by-12-inch square; ?Light: Sun. Plants: Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' (ornamental millet), Thunbergia 'Susie Orange with Eye,' Iresine 'Purple Lady,' Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'.

Plant a Mosquito Control container so you can sit and unwind in the evenings without dousing in DEET

Creeping Thyme. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Blooms all summer long. Will tolerate all soil types, is drought tolerant, rabbit and deer resistant. This old-fashioned perennial has a year round display of color. In early summer the plants are covered with stunning pinkish-rose flowers that last until the first hard frost. The stunning foliage stays all through the winter months. A very hardy perennial that attracts butterflies and can be grown throughout the country. Zones 4 - 9.

Pick out a large glazed pot. Stack unused plastic pots in the base to prop your hanging basket of flowers. Remove the wires of the basket and voila....

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24 Patio Perk-Ups

There are no real rules for a successful textural combination. Just go to the nursery and pull together plants you like in the wagon they provide and see what looks good grouped." Look for plants with different leaf sizes, shades, and types

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Container-Garden Recipes for Shade

Container Garden Plant Combinations for Shade