Successful Container Gardening (Google / NAPSI)

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(NAPSI)—Container gardening lets you add character and color to your patio or balcony. If you’re really hurting for space, then a window box can give you the splash of color you’re looking for.

“Container gardening lets you bring interior design components to your outdoor space,” said Lance Walheim, co-author of “Landscaping for Dummies” and gardening expert for Bayer Advanced™. “It allows you to express your creativity.”

The National Gardening Association says that more than 26 million households have container gardens-that’s the equivalent of the total number of households in California, New York and Texas.

• What to grow: You can try just about anything as long as the pot is big enough. Options: Japanese maples, azaleas, camellias, roses, dwarf apples, lemons, peaches, pears, blueberries, strawberries, impatiens, marigolds, geraniums, daffodils and tulips.

• Match the plant to the container: A Japanese maple looks great in a glazed ceramic pot. You also want to have one consistent style of pot, such as clay or wood. Snap a photo of your outdoor space with your smart phone and let your garden center guide you on options. Make sure the pots have drainage holes.



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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.