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Bold, Beautiful Containers

You can provide eye candy to your landscape with bold, beautiful containers that showcase plants with attractive flowers and foliage. Use the guideline "thrillers, spillers, and fillers" when choosing plants.

With "thrillers," don't be afraid to go wild with color. Incorporate bright flowering plants or the large, colorful foliage of plants like coleus or crotons. Ornamental grasses can also work well.

"Spillers" are plants that fall gracefully over the sides of the containers, and for fillers, consider plants with rounded forms or interesting textures. Select containers to complement the plants, and keep in mind how the containers will be viewed.

Use a high-quality potting media, and match plants with similar moisture, soil, and light requirements. And of course, always leave room for the plants to grow to their full size!


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