How to Design a Home Container Garden


Containers full of vibrant petals and cascading green vines will enliven any outdoor space. Choose a fun and cheery container to begin your project. Mix perennial plants with annuals to create a magical design. Add in herbs to the container for a sweet-smelling addition and one you can use when cooking your favorite meals. Choose plants with similar growing needs and you'll be sure to have a hardy and healthy container.

Step 1

Design home containers using vibrant green plants mixed with vibrant flowers in colors like red and yellow. A well-planned color scheme is essential in creating a beautiful home container. Use a plastic container, which is weather-resistant and durable.

Step 2

Make sure the container has holes in the bottom to allow water to drain out. To create your own drainage holes, drill two to three holes in the bottom of the container using an electric drill with a regular-size bit. Ensure the drill goes through the container and out the bottom.

Step 3

Lay a 2-inch layer of broken pieces of old pots or tiles on the bottom of the container to allow the water to gradually drain out of the bottom, instead of rushing out. This will ensure a moist and well-watered container.

Step 4

Situate the container in its resting spot. Make sure the area receives adequate sunlight per the instructions on each individual plant you are planning on growing in your container. Use plants with similar growing needs for a hardy home container.

Step 5

Fill the container with half potting soil and half compost. Mix up the dirt with a garden spade to prepare the soil for your new plants. Choose native plants that require less maintenance and water. Drought and insect-resistant native plants will flourish and thrive in a container.

Step 6

Add green plants in the front of the container such as sedum and jasmine vines and taller plants in the back to balance out the pot. Plant flowers that echo the tones in your current yard and landscape. Use flowers that have bright blooms like daisies and violas. Be creative when designing your container and have fun creating a stunning addition to your outdoor landscape.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container
  • Electric drill
  • Broken pot pieces
  • Compost
  • Potting soil
  • Garden spade
  • Flowers


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About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.