Container gardens present you with a dazzling variety of choices. By choosing different pots, grouping plants in different ways and positioning your planters differently, you can create a huge number of variations with a relatively small number of plants. This gives both new and experienced gardeners a rich opportunity to explore and experiment with gardening design.
Succulent and Cactii Container Garden
With low water usage, low maintenance and novel appearance, succulents and cactii are great plants for environmentally conscious folks, beginning gardeners and anyone who values exotic plants. The only problem is that many cactii and most succulents are extremely frost tender, and will not overwinter in areas that dip blow freezing. A cactus container garden is the perfect solution. Place your plants in sandy, well-drained cactus mix in terra cotta plants in a sunny garden spot after the last frost. In the fall, take them in and put them near west-facing windows with plenty of intense afternoon sun.
Miniature Container Garden
Succulents, air plants and many alpine plants are able to live with little or no soil in extremely cramped conditions. Use this to your advantage and create a miniature container garden. Grow air plants in sea shells tacked in intriguing corners of your garden wall. Cluster succulents in small dishes as exotic centerpieces for a garden picnic table. Grow delicate potted alpine plants from mossy nooks between landscape rocks. The possibilities are nearly limitless with small containers---just don't forget where you put them.
One of the biggest advantages of a container garden is that it allows you to move your plants around without the hassle and potential damage of transplanting. Use this to your advantage to display your blooms and keep your out-of-season plants out of view. Keep all your container plants in locations where each gets the best sun for its needs. When a plant comes into bloom or develops attractive fruits or fall foliage, move it to your porch, your garden patio or some other high-traffic area of your landscape where you can display it. Once the blooms or foliage fade or the fruits fall, move it back to an area with the right sun, and move a new blooming flower into the show spot.