Design Issue Dos And Don'ts

Container issues that will affect the beauty of your plant


  • Pay attention to the foliage as well as the flowers - foliage is actually more important since it is always there while plants go in and out of flower.
  • Choose a mix of colored, variegated, and green foliage for year-long interest.
  • Plant a balance of textures - broad leaves, fine leaves, smooth and lacy ones.
  • Pay attention to heights, varying them for interest from tall to trailing.
  • Experiment with containers using different varieties and colors of a single plant. Geraniums, for instance, can give you variety in both color and form if you try several varieties.
  • Try new and unfamiliar plants. Container gardening is a great way to learn about them.
  • Choose flowers with different forms - daisy-like, trumpet shaped or plumed - for textural interest.
  • Try this simple formula for interesting container design - tall plant, medium rounded plants, short, trailing plants.

    Do NOT:

  • Be afraid to use a base of perennials, changing your annual plants seasonally.
  • Be afraid to experiment. If you don't like it you can always change it.
  • Mix too many variegated plants - your container will look confused and chaotic.