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Written by Ted Schaaf
There has been a huge surge in container gardening during the past decade. The trend is to reduce yard space (grass) and replace it with pavers, decking and smaller pocket gardens.
These specialty gardens are ideal locations for containers. There is no limit to what you can plant in your containers. Annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and succulents are some of the more popular choices. Here are some tips to turn your container gardening into an instant success.
» Containers: Glazed pots are my favorite choice. These colorful pots can be integrated into a color scheme to match paint colors of your home or color themes of the flowers in your garden. Pots also can be used to complement flower colors. For example, yellow flowers in a purple pot. The only caution would be to stay away from dark colors, such as black, as these containers heat up and can damage the roots of your plants.
Make sure the containers are at least 12 inches in diameter. Smaller pots will dry out to quickly. Many people like to elevate their pots to allow for better drainage. This can be done by placing bricks under the pots.
Soil is the key to success.