What’s one of the best kept secrets of spring? Container gardening. Everyone can try their hand at it and the combinations are endless. In other words, it’s whatever fits your fancy. One word of caution: if you want to fill your containers with delicate annuals and herbs, you must plan on protecting your plants from what can still be the harsh elements of a frosty spring overnight. Just cover your pots with a container version of flannel pajamas and keep them protected until the sun warms up or bring them inside until the frost is cleared. Most of us wait to get the containers going because the above frosty issue can be trying or damaging, but it doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking combos. With so many plant choices, filling those containers becomes the best part of the fun. But we can’t leave out the pleasure of hunting for those unusual pots or urns that take a dull garden corner and make it burst with color. Containing yourself may be the hardest part of container gardening. And as one of the great American Jazz musicians, Miles Davis once said “It's always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don't know where it comes from, it's just there and I don't question it.” So don’t question what makes a container beautiful. Listen to what works for you!
Images of container gardening by Ann Bilowz
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