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CONTAINER GARDENING:  POTS WITH PIZZAZZ

 
Keep the three elements of design in mind as you select plants for a container:
 
1)

You need a vertical accent, like a dracaena;

 
2)

You need filler plants that may also add color, if desired, like geraniums; and

 
3)

You need a cascading plant, like ivy, that will cover the edge of the pot.

 

Use a soilless potting mix of vermiculite, perlite, and peat moss.

 

When you begin planting, work from the top down. In the container left, the canna is placed in the middle of the pot first. Coleus is placed around it, with two plants on one side and one plant on the other to avoid an exact balance. Vancouver Centennial geraniums are placed next, then a Margarita, a chartreuse sweet potato vine. Stipa grass is added last for its light and airy texture.