- Product # 071244
- Type Paperback
- ISBN 978-1-60085-080-6
- Published Date 2009
- Dimensions 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
- Pages 240
- Photos 285 photographs
- Drawings and 55 drawings
And Container Gardening the book is the ideal place to get started. Compiled from the pages of Fine Gardening magazine, it provides an in-depth tutorial on the three major facets of container gardening.
- Designing beautiful pots
- Combining plants that will thrive in any region of the country
- Keeping the plants healthy and beautiful all season long
By providing expert advice on plant selection and 285 inspiring photographs, this valuable reference shows you how to choose just the right combination of plants to suit your taste.
You'll learn everything from the basics of grouping plants and creating beautiful entryways to designing lovely window boxes and peaceful water gardens.
Plus, you'll get practical tips and advice on tools, materials, and techniques for making your container garden blossom in all its glory.For anyone who wants to experience the many joys of gardening -- without a major commitment of time or space -- Container Gardening is a great way to brighten up your life.
- Table of Contents
Part 1: Great Designs
The Basics of Grouping Plants
Create Welcoming Entryways
Create Boundaries and Direct Traffic
Break Up Wall Space
Soften Edges and Corners
Create Drama with Focal Points and Accents
Pots to Frame and Screen
Staging a Display
Using Perennials in Pots
Highlighting One Plant in One Pot
One Pot, Many Plants
A Display for Spring
Sizzling Leaves for Summer Pots
Containers That Last into Fall
Festive Pots for Winter
Trees in Pots
Creative Ways to Design a Window Box
Design a Simple Water Garden
Design a Trough Garden
A Gallery of Successful Designs
Part 2: Great Plants
Plants for Year-Round Containers
Spring: Bulbs in Containers
Roses for Containers
A Gallery of Three Fundamental Plants
Part 3: Materials & Techniques
Planting and Caring for Containers
Maintenance Tips for Healthy Containers
Grow Plants with Tip Cuttings
Make a Good Soil Mix
The Dirt on Soilless Mixes
Choosing Soil for Water Containers
Drip Irrigation 101
Build a Better Hanging Basket
Planting a Strawberry Jar
Make Your Own Container
A Gallery of Great Containers
Gardening in containers can be as simple as filling a pot with a plant and placing it in a desirable spot. Chances are even this quick bit of work will produce a splash of color that enhances its location. But in container gardening, as with many worthwhile things, a little bit of forethought goes a long way. Whether you are composing a single pot or a grouping of pots that amounts to a small garden, using a triangular arrangement produces fast and pleasing results. Translated into the language of design, a triangle consists of a dominant central element flanked on either side by components of lesser stature. The triangular form is a staple of all art forms and for good reason: It always works.
Thus, a triangular composition using three containers of different heights, sizes, and shapes has everything to recommend it. The number is manageable, and the floor plan can be flexible. Triangles can be configured to fit any situation.
Your grouping will quickly fall into place if you set the tallest container in the apex of the triangle, with the other two pots on either side. Plant the tall container with something appropriately commanding, and allow it to dominate the composition. The other two containers and the plants they house can offer contrast in height and shape.
There's nothing to say that all the pots should be planted, either. An empty container with an interesting shape can be the making of a composition or even serve as the focal point in a grouping.To expand a classic grouping, or to make it more complex, simply add more subordinate pots. There are no hard and fast rules about how many pots make a satisfactory combination. However, it is always easier to arrange uneven numbers into pleasing patterns. Groups of pots filled with flowers and lush foliage can greatly enhance man-made structures. Additionally, the lines and contours of the containers themselves create structure, which is a welcome contrast to natural forms.