Have you always wanted to create a pretty container garden?  


Inspiration for a cottage style window box container garden

A riot of colorful blossoms is lovely for a cottage-style window box.


Why not create one this weekend?


Create a container with a single plant for lots of drama.

Create a container with a single plant for lots of drama.


Below are 9 steps to help you get started, plus lots of inspiration too!


A rustic box placed on an old table.

Set the table with a rustic container of flowers. And don’t forget the candelabra!



 But first…. more inspiration!



Simple elegance

Elephant Ears or Colocasia make a wonderful Modern & Dramatic Container Garden


Nine steps to get the process started.


1.  Decide where you want your container garden(s).

2.  Notice if that location is sunny, partly sunny, or mostly shadey?

3.  Choose a container for your location.  Don’t skimp on the size…your plants need room to grow.

4.  Select plants for your sun/shade requirements.

5.  Select plants that will trail over the front of the container, some of medium height, and some that are taller.

6.  Be sure to mix up your plant selection with both flowers and foliage.

7.  Choose broad leaves as well as small finely textured leaves for interest.

8.  Perennials are a good choice for some containers.   They can share the glory with the annuals.

9.  Pick up a top quality potting mix with moisture retention properties.



A trio of color make a lovely container garden.

Hang a welcoming soft palette of color alongside the front door.



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Which container garden is your favorite?

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  1. All the containers are just so lovely! But I’m extra intrigued about that single tentacle plant … I’ve never seen anything like it before …



    (And thank you for your kind comments on my house over at Debbie-Doo’s!)

    • Diane says

      Hi Linda!
      Thank you. The one you are referring to is from my friend’s garden. It’s a Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘myers’). Isn’t it wonderfully dramatic?

      Thanks for popping by! Hope your day is extraordinary in every way!

  2. Hi Diane! Now, I totally want to create a container flower garden! I especially love the one on the rustic table – so lovely!! Thanks for inspiring me!!! ~ Jennifer

    • Diane says

      Hi Jennifer!
      You should make a container garden. It’s sooo fun!
      That container contains Dragon Wing Begonias and Cascading Petunias.
      Best wishes!

  3. Susan says

    Wow! You definitely have a very green thumb. How could I possibly choose a fav? They are all gorgeous!

    I bought three hanging baskets mother’s day weekend that were exploding with white blooms and very, very full. I fertilized them as instructed, but about 2 weeks later they all looked terrible. I think it is because they stuff so many plants in the pots to make them look great at the beginning that they just can’t survive. Or I just don’t know what I am doing. 🙂 We repotted two of them to bigger containers and they look better.

    Any suggestions?

    • Diane says

      Hi Susan!
      My first question….what are the white blossoms? Maybe you don’t know if there is a mixture.
      Second…depending on the plants, you may have changed their conditions when your brought them home. Possibly they were more protected. Maybe they were getting less sun and now more sun. If they were in a greenhouse, they may be drying out more because of an outdoor breeze. There are lots of factors when we change the growing conditions.
      Repotting them to a larger container may have been just what they needed. However, I will often over plant just so that I can get a lot of color and texture in one small area. What it means is that I need to feed my plants EVERY time I water with a liquid fertilizer….and 1/4 strength. When there isn’t much soil to feed from…that is key. Also, be sure to not sit in and be soggy, but be sure that you water them thoroughly and let them get towards dry…but don’t every let them dry out as you water them. Sometimes you may need to water more than once a day if the temps are high. I know…it’s tricky…but you’ll find a routine that works.
      Happy container gardening!
      Hope that helps!!

  4. I love the crazy long legged plant in the picture with the red shutters! I wonder what that plant is??? Very inspiring!

    • Diane says

      Hi Louise!
      Isn’t that plant just tooo fun? It’s a Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘myers’).
      Thanks for stopping by! Hope your day is Extraordinary in every way!

  5. Monja says

    That is really really beautiful! I’m just getting into gardening and I do not have a garden but three balconies. I love planting though, this looks so beautiful

    • Diane says

      Thanks Monja!
      If you have three balconies, you have the perfect place to start. Container gardening is sooo much fun and I even think that it’s easier. No hard soil to turn! LOL!!
      Happy Gardening!!

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