Extend the life of your container garden beyond the summer months with an innovative system created by Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins. Beginning with a central woody plant, garden ornament, or eye-catching perennial, you’ll learn how to swap in seasonal plants for a dynamic display that looks great year-round. This inventive guide presents 48 tried-and-true designs that yield endless variations. No matter the season, your container garden will be glowing with bursts of color and varied textures that are in tune with nature.
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About the Author
Roanne Robbins is a design consultant who specializes in creative plant and floral designs for small-space gardens, containers, and special occasions. She lives in Rhode Island and blogs at www.naturecontained.com.
Sara Begg Townsend is a garden writer and the former executive editor of Horticulture magazine. She lives in Massachusetts.
Table of ContentsNotes from Sara's Garden
Notes from Roanne's Garden
Part 1: A New Take on Container Gardening
Expand Your Plant World * The Four-Season Container Garden * Picking Plants * Get Thee to a Nursery * A Village of Underplantings * Containers Are Your Cardigans * Planting Up and Swapping Out * Planting Up Your Container * Initial Underplanting * Caring for Your Contained Garden * Pruning for Long-Term Care
Part 2: Twelve Containers Through the Year
Container 1: Colorful Sticks
Container 2: Cool Bark
Container 3: Off-Season Blooms
Container 4: Dressing Up Topiary
Container 5: A Shrub for All Seasons
Container 6: Purple Deluxe
Container 7: Woodland Shrubbery
Container 8: Flowering Tree
Container 9: Very Berried
Container 10: Transplant Time
Container 11: Ornamental Grass
Container 12: Structure & Vines
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The concept presented in this book is great. I've been an avid container gardener for 36 years and love reading about it. The quality of paper used for the book is strong and durable, the three column design of the text is a unique change; yet the text itself is rambling and repetitive. Rather than achieving a charming conversational quality, my perception is that it "talks down" to the reader and the little "folksy" insertions seem forced. More editing and attention to layout detail - such as not allowing side bars and boxes to interrupt the flow of the main text, but rather enhancing it - would spruce up this book and make it more reader-friendly.
An excellent and well-crafted book for those who are looking to take their containering to a whole new level. Sharp, clever, stylish and down-to-earth advise. This is one I'd have in my own library for regular refreshing of my garden style.
Lovely book. Very helpful and absolutely beautiful.