If you love roses but have run out of room in the borders, turn to the patio instead. Roses in containers are a much easier alternative to high-maintenance bedding plants. Pot-grown roses can be planted into patio containers at any time of the year, but now (end of February) is a good time, as plants are just about to start into growth. Feb-Mar is the best time to plant bare-root roses, too. TOP 5 Roses for containers ‘Lady of Shalott’ Gorgeous orange-red chalice-shaped blooms produced ...
Mix plants that have attractive flowers with plants grown for their foliage and youll have an extra-appealing container. Here, purple summer snapdragon and golden coleus will look great all summer. This planting grows best in sun or part shade. A. Alternanthera Red Thread -- 2 B. Million bells (Calibrachoa Million Bells Terra Cotta) -- 3 C. Summer snapdragon (Angelonia AngelMist Deep Plum) -- 2 D. Coleus (Solenostemon Blond Bombshell) -- 1
Plants need water — that's a given — but too much water is too much of a good thing. Pots without adequate drainage can cause plants to wilt, lose color and ultimately rot. Make sure your pots are planting-ready with these tips.
LANDSCAPE & GARDENING: Dramatic grasses Containers with ornamental grasses provide easy-care drama. For greater impact, combine different textures, heights, colors and plumes. These tough plants will still look great at the end of the season. In containers such as this one, the flowers hide the base of the grass and can be switched out as blooms fade.