Go bold with your plant choices, and you can have a dramatic, eye-catching container, even without flowers. A: Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris cicla 'Bright Lights') -- 2 B: Basil (Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Ruffles') -- 1 C: Ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Medusa') -- 2 D: Golden oregano (Origanum vulgare 'Aureum') -- 2 E: Variegated sage (Salvia officinalis 'Icterina') -- 1 Gardens Ideas, Capsicum Annuum, Container Gardens, Ocimum Basilicum, Basil Ocimum, Gardens Plants Outdoors, Compact Kitchens, Small Spaces, Gardens Fillings
While we typically think of attracting butterflies with flowers, don't forget about host plants. Here, fennel is a good way to attract swallowtail caterpillars. A. Bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare 'Rubrum') -- 2 B. Nasturtium (Tropaeoleum 'Scarlet Gleam') -- 4 C. Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Tricolor') -- 1 D. Sage (Salvia officinalis) -- 1
Better Homes and Gardens. Has some great ideas for container gardening. I like the Japenese bloodgrass here.
More on Texture Grasses seem to go with everything. Get the look in your vegetable garden by incorporating onions and chives. They offer a great contrast to the cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers shown here. And happily, their flavors are a perfect fit, too! Test Garden Tip: Lemongrass is another great pick for adding a grassy texture.
~Great Container Gardens...A Dwarf sunflower B Snapdragon Yellow Chimes C Celosia Fresh Look Yellow D Marigold Janie Bright Yellow E Lysimachia Outback Sunset F sweet potatoe vine Variegate~
A. Alternathera 'Purple Knight' -- 1 B. Calibrachoa 'Blush Purple' -- 6 C. Plectranthus argentatus -- 1 D. Vinca major 'Variegata' -- 2 E. Dracaena marginata --
Garden RECIPES!!! 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.