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Tips for Making Container Gardens

  • Mix plants with at least three textures of foliage to make a container garden interesting.
  • Use plenty of plants that are foliage plants (with no flowers) in your designs. In most cases, foliage color, leaf shape, and texture are just as important as the flowers themselves.
  • Some good foliage contrasts would include: downy with glossy; dark with gray; small with large; yellow with violet.
  • Use colorful foliage (like Coleus) to “echo” the color of flowers in the container.
  • Vary the shape of the flowers in the container garden to add interest.
  • Bicolor flowers are becoming more available and are great for color echoing.
  • Sometimes you just have to do some “snipping and tucking” of faster growing plants when they are mixed in with slower growing ones. Otherwise, you will lose the slower ones and your design gets destroyed.
  • Vegetative annuals mix well with other annuals, perennials, tropicals, and bulbs. Everything and anything goes as long as it is pleasing to the eye of your customer.
  • Nothing lasts forever! Container gardens need to be gardened. Plants in container gardens need to be trimmed, dead-headed and replaced.


Grow-Together Combinations
Good to Use
Do Not Work Well
One vigorous foliage plant in the centerGrowth retardants
Upright verbenas, double impatiens, geraniumsRampant growers
Foliage plants for neutral color & textureTall plants
Summer bloomers for summer marketSlow growers
Plants with long necksCreeping and very compact plants
Various textures and formsToo many fine textures
Analogous color harmoniesSalmon with violet or fuchsia with bright red
Slight succession of bloom for earlier marketExtremes in bloom times
Odd numbers of plantsOnly two plants of one species
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TAMU Floriculture Program | Container Gardens

Why Make Container Gardens | Getting Started | Design Principles
Color Theory | ColorWheel | Definition of Terms | Tips

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