Contain Yourself: 101 Fresh Ideas for Fantastic Container Gardens

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While containers have been popular in Europe for decades, only recently have North Americans come to appreciate this versatile form of gardening. Pots, urns, window boxes, and hanging baskets let you put color where you'd only dreamed of -- on the deck, front porch, poolside, and along upper-story windows and balconies. Designing and creating beautiful, unique containers for your home is easy with the 101 "recipes" and ideas in Contain Yourself. Kerstin offers designs that go beyond the ordinary annuals: New ...
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Overview

While containers have been popular in Europe for decades, only recently have North Americans come to appreciate this versatile form of gardening. Pots, urns, window boxes, and hanging baskets let you put color where you'd only dreamed of -- on the deck, front porch, poolside, and along upper-story windows and balconies. Designing and creating beautiful, unique containers for your home is easy with the 101 "recipes" and ideas in Contain Yourself. Kerstin offers designs that go beyond the ordinary annuals: New plant introductions, tender perennials, and even ornamental grasses will make your arrangements stand out from the crowd.
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Garden Compass
Ouellet set about to create an 'indispensible resource in making your container garden dreams come true' . . . [she] surely achieves [this).
Ornamental Outlook
Full of creative, original designs.
Sunset Magazine
Photographs, a useful list of colorful plant choices, and planting plans.
Library Journal
Garden writer Ouellet lives in California but was raised in Germany, where she helped her mother compete in their village's annual window box contest. Here, she draws on her European heritage to discuss designing, planting, and caring for container gardens. Part 1 introduces the basics of container gardening, while an alphabetical listing of the annuals, perennials, and grasses she uses in her designs make up Part 2 of her guide. Arranged by genus, each entry includes a color photo and a description. Part 3 showcases 101 container gardens, including hanging baskets, each illustrated by a color photo and a diagram showing the placement of the plants. Ouellet details her thoughts on how the plants in the design complement one another and offers substitutions if the suggested plants aren't readily available. She also explains how she chose the particular container and how to care for the finished product. The arrangements are lush, beautiful, and imaginative. What's more, they can be used by both beginners (who can follow the designs exactly) and more experienced gardeners (who can tweak the designs to suit themselves), making this a wonderful addition to most gardening collections. Also consider Bill Marken's Container Gardening for Dummies, which includes expanded cultural information and covers additional types of container gardens.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781883052331
  • Publisher: Ball Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Part 1 The Basics and Beyond
Chapter 1 Container Gardening--A Passion for All Gardens 3
Chapter 2 Designing Container Gardens 5
Chapter 3 Planting Container Gardens 25
Chapter 4 Caring for Container Gardens 37
Part 2 Plant Profiles 49
Part 3 Planting Recipes and Ideas
Container Garden Recipes 99
Container Garden Ideas 279
USDA Frost Hardiness Zone Map 286
Glossary of Terms 289
Index to Plants in Recipes 293
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