Continuous Container Gardens: Swap In the Plants of the Season to Create Fresh Designs Year-Round

Continuous Container Gardens: Swap In the Plants of the Season to Create Fresh Designs Year-Round


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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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603427029
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 02/26/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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

Sara Begg Townsend is a garden writer and the former executive editor of Horticulture magazine. She lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Notes 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

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