4 Tips for Creating a Classic, Lush Container Garden

Tips for container gardening

Container gardening is akin to flower arranging in that you’re blending lots of different plants together to create a beautiful focal point, only in a container garden, the arrangement is permanent! Today, we’re bringing you tips from gardening expert, Nonie Daniel. She arranged the following containers for us and shares a few of her favorite tips!

Think in Sizes and Shapes

Compose your container as you would a flower arrangement. Include at least 3 elements that are different in color, texture, size, such as a tall plant (Curcuma) with a wide leafy plant (Heucherella), with a feathery spilling plant (Maidenhair fern).

Tips for container gardening

Monochromatic Plants & Markings

Monochromatic is good, especially if you want the feeling of calm. A monochromatic combination works best if there is a pop of color, if the plants have interesting leaf markings (Hosta or Persian Shield work well) and if there are contrasting textures.

Tips for container gardening

Bring in Herbs

Include some potted herbs with your flowers and plants. As you brush up against the mint, rosemary or sage in your container, you’ll release a delicious calming fragrance.

Tips for container gardening

An element of Surprise

Use plants and flowers that are appropriate to the environmental conditions, but don’t be afraid to experiment a little bit. Unexpected combinations are the most interesting.

Thank you, Nonie, for these helpful basics! Find more outdoor inspiration by visiting our Pinterest Boards, or browse our planters at Ballarddesigns.com.

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.