Equal parts gorgeous and practical, container gardening offers all of the beauty and bounty of “in-ground” gardening—with almost none of the backaches, weeding, pests, and other hassles of traditional growing methods.
The Container Gardener’s Bible covers every step in the container gardening experience, from choosing and placing containers, combining plants for drama and beauty, and maintaining and caring for containers and the plants they hold to attracting birds, bees, butterflies, and wildlife.
Whether you’re a beginner or experienced gardener, The Container Gardener’s Bible is a must-have resource for your gardening library. Here’s what you’ll find inside:
• Step-by-step guides for choosing and planting containers and combining plants for drama and beauty
• The most effective ways to combat pests and disease
• Fun and clever methods for luring fascinating birds, butterflies, bees, and wildlife
• A 50-page directory of container-friendly flowers, shrubs, trees, bulbs, fruit, vegetables, and herbs,
categorized by color, foliage, season, habit, and planting schedules.
• Go-Green Eco tips to help you “contain” your garden’s impact on Mother Earth
• Expert advice on hanging baskets, window boxes, long-term care, and training and supports
• More than 500 stunning photographs, inspirational ideas, and even design diagrams
• …and so much more!
Add instant eye-catching interest to your winter garden with containers bursting with winter-flowering shrubs and annuals or evergreens. But for success, be sure to plant them during this month. See page 82.
Containers are the perfect growing environment for all kinds of fruits and veggies, allowing you to reap a bounty of tomatoes, carrots, lettuces, berries, beans, and much more in almost any environment, from big backyard to tiny terrace. But there’s one area you should never try to grow veggies. Learn here on page 92.
Containers make great homes for your favorite bulbs. But if you’re placing your pots in an exposed spot, use the kind of bulbs indicated on page 85 to avoid wind damage.
If you have large hanging baskets, make watering easier and ensure that your plants get all they need to drink with the easy and inexpensive soda bottle trick on page 118.
Containers offer clever and creative solutions for every spot!
Shady Passage or Terrace? Use a mix of pots to
soften hard edges and add a splash of unexpected color.
Neighbor’s Eyesore? Screen it from view with lovely trees or exotic bamboo in pots.
Noisy Traffic? Counteract the chaos by catching the soothing sound of the wind with an assortment of container-grown ornamental grasses.
Hate Digging & Weeding? Containers give you all the color and joy of an “in-ground” garden—with almost none of the work!
Blah Borders? Liven up pathways and boundaries with containers overflowing with bright flowers.
Problem Soil? Grow organic fruit and veggies, even if your garden soil is contaminated with non-earth-friendly material—
containers are the ideal answer!
Discover everything you need to know to pick the right plants and right pots for every spot in and around your home—from country estate to city studio! It’s all inside…