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GARY BACHMAN — MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION SERVICE – Office of Ag Communications
Ease spring fever with combination containers
Putting together beautiful flowers and colorful foliage and enjoying combination containers is a pretty easy process. Just gather some pots and plant them with everything from heirloom vegetables to flowers or any other type of plant you like. It is an uncomplicated way to scratch that gardening itch when gardening in the landscape is not practical.
One convenient aspect of combination containers is that you easily can change out plant materials to match the season.
I believe more thought should be put into the container itself. I have a lot of fun picking out the container for combination planting. You can go old school and use classic terra cotta. There’s also a large selection of glazed ceramics to fit into any design scheme.
These containers can be very heavy and difficult to move. A solution is available in containers made out of foam-like materials that look just like their heavier cousins.
If you’re a fan of home remodeling shows like I am, finding something you can repurpose can be very satisfying. The uniqueness and beauty of these objects can serve as focal points themselves. Old-fashioned potato chip cans or wine crates are useful to the creative container garden designer.