Contained Gardens: Creative Designs and Projects

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Express your gardening creativity with beautiful, versatile container-grown plants!

Gardening in containers offers boundless possibilities for cleverly decorating small areas and easily rearranging garden combinations throughout the year -- indoors and out. Whatever the scope and conditions of your growing spaces, Contained Gardens provides all of the information you need to be successful with container-grown plants.

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Overview


Express your gardening creativity with beautiful, versatile container-grown plants!

Gardening in containers offers boundless possibilities for cleverly decorating small areas and easily rearranging garden combinations throughout the year -- indoors and out. Whatever the scope and conditions of your growing spaces, Contained Gardens provides all of the information you need to be successful with container-grown plants.

Truly a complete guide, Contained Gardens offers advice on choosing containers, creating color themes, combining plant textures and shapes, and handling trellised and trailing plants. Advice on planting, feeding, watering, pruning, and propagating these versatile plants is followed by an A-to-Z plant guide with specific cultural information on more than 100 genera and species, including bulbs, annuals, perennials, and shrubs.

Illustrated with more than 400 beautiful color photographs of plants, plant combinations, and step-by-step sequences of specific techniques, Contained Gardens is designed to be a continuing source of inspiration and instruction for every gardener.

This complete guide includes design ideas and suggestions for how to choose and group unique containers, advice on creating color themes and using plant textures and leaf shapes to best advantage, instructions for how to plant in a variety of containers, and examples of different types of containers. Illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882668994
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/6/1995
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.43 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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Susan Berry is a garden writer and editor who specializes in gardening, design, and craft subjects. Together with Steve Bradley she has written Contained Gardens and The Practical Guide to Container Gardening. She is the best-selling author of other books that include Gardener's Guide to Plant Life and Dried Flower Arranger's Year, a publication of Reader's Digest. She lives in England.

Steve Bradley is director of horticulture at Merrist Wood in England. He is respected as one of Great Britain's foremost horticulturists.

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Table of Contents


PLACES FOR CONTAINERS

Entrances and Steps

Patios

Balconies

Roof Gardens

Walkways and Paths

DESIGNING WITH CONTAINERS

Choosing Containers

Large Containers

Small Containers

Hanging Baskets

Window Boxes

Unusual Containers

DESIGNING WITH PLANTS

Displaying Foliage Plants

Displaying Flowering Plants

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Buying and Setting Up

Growing in Containers

Potting and Repotting

The Growing Medium

Feeding Plants

Watering Plants

Pruning Plants

Staking Plants

Propagation

Maintaining Containers

Diseases and Pests

CONTAINER PLANT DIRECTORY

Index

Acknowledgments and Picture Credits

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