Container gardens

Free Recipes for Beautiful Container Gardens

This arrangement is called On My Mind. Photo: Proven Winners

Do you ever go gaga over the beautiful mixed containers you see on the Web? Such incredible color choices, original plants you’d never thought of using together, and what about the harmony of the arrangements? When you try to prepare your own containers, they never seem to match these!

Well, there is actually a web site that proposes container garden “recipes” that you just have to follow, as you would when cooking. Three of this plant, two of that, a pinch of another, set them in this layout, place under such and such conditions and presto! You have a winning display. 

The page is put together by Proven Winners and it’s called the Container Garden Recipe Search. Just go to the site and either just start looking blindly (there are 12 recipes per page and, in the 2020 version, 86 pages, for a total of 1,029 recipes) or enter criteria important to you in the filter.

Might I suggest entering at least Exposure (the criteria are Full Shade, Part Shade to Shade, Part Sun to Sun, Sun and Sun or Shade) and possibly Pot Style (Any, Hanging Basket, Upright Container, Wall Sconce, Window Box)? 

Try it and see. You just might find exactly the arrangement you’ll always dreamed of!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

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