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Definitions of Common Terms

Grow Together Container
Transplanting an assortment of plugs into 10-inch, 12-inch, or larger container and growing them on to a marketable stage.

Put Together Container
Transplanting marketable size, flowering, usually 4-inch or larger plant material into planters.

Plant Positions in Container Gardens
A plant can fulfill different positions in a design depending on the size of the container.

Center plants: provide compact, upright growth to fill in the crown of the container.

Filler plants: typically have compact, upright growth and round out the top of the container.

Corner plants: grow well over the containerís edge and benefit from a corner position where they have maximum elbowroom.

Edge plants: drape over the edge, softening the look of the container and filling out the space between its corners.

Color Bowl
A small, round container placed on a table top to house compact, annual plants.

Combination Basket
A hanging basket and usually holds mounding and trailing plants and excludes tall upright varieties.

Container Garden
Includes all shapes and sizes of containers, usually sitting on the ground, sometimes massive enough to hold all types of plant species including woodies, perennials, and bulbs.

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Color Theory | ColorWheel | Definition of Terms | Tips

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