Container gardening
The vegetable gardener's container bible : how to grow a bounty of food in pots, tubs, and other containers
by Edward C. Smith.
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., 2011.
Bestselling author Smith shows readers how easy it is to grow a backyard garden even without a backyard. By growing vegetables in containers, even novice gardeners can reap an abundance of organic food in very small spaces.
Container gardening
by Hank Jenkins and the editors of Sunset.
New York, NY : Oxmoor House, 2010.
Great ideas and expert advice on designing, planting, and caring for beautiful container gardens. Creating a paradise in pots The latest choices in container styles and materials Combining “thrillers” and “spillers” for spectacular arrangements Twenty-eight simple and stunning DIY projects Secrets to keeping container gardens thriving Inspiration blossoms with dozens of photos showcasing container gardens of all styles, from traditional to contemporary. “Designing Your Container” covers the basics of working with color, shape, and scale to create eye-catching compositions. “Finishing the Look” offers a wealth of ideas for displaying container gardens to maximum effect.
Cool containers
Adam Caplin ; photography by Marianne Majerus.
[London] : Jacqui Small, 2010, c2003.
Combining cool modernist style with plantings that really work   Here is an innovative approach to container gardening, with an emphasis on real containers with established plantings in specific locations. This guide demonstrates how understanding a location's particular set of constraints will help readers choose the perfect container and plant species that thrive in it. There is a city roof garden without any protections from the elements where tough concrete planters, heavy enough to stay put in even the fiercest storm, are filled with maritime plants chosen to withstand drying winds, lashing rain, burning hot sun, and airborne pollution. A damp and gloomy basement garden is home to a pot of delicate ferns and woodland flowering plants. This handy book is full of ideas and schemes for all sites, whether kind or cruel.
The encyclopedia of container plants : more than 500 outstanding choices for gardeners
Ray Rogers ; photography by Rob Cardillo.
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2010.
After a career in public horticulture with the U. of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum and the American Horticulture Society, Rogers shifted to garden writing, speaking, and editing. An award-winning container gardener, he shares his expertise in this practical resource for all levels of gardeners, from the rank beginner to the seasoned veteran. The text includes an introductory discussion of the key considerations in container gardening; detailed descriptions of eight sample containers which demonstrate a wide range of plants, pots, and settings suitable for container gardening; and the A-Z encyclopedia profiling some 500 outstanding plants for containers. Each entry includes Rogers' description of the plant; its height and spread; light, moisture, temperature, and soil requirements; ease and rate of growth; principal interest and design attributes; potential problems; and optimal propagation method. Full-color photographs by Rob Cardillo, former director of photography at Organic Gardening. Oversize: 9x11.25". Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Easy container combos : vegetables & flowers
by Pamela Crawford.
Canton, Ga. : Color Garden Pub., c2010.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 167) and index.

A beautifully decorated ceramic pot filled with freshly scented freesia makes your backyard patio or apartment deck distinctive. You don't need a lot of room to create a beautiful space for you to enjoy.

Container gardening refers to planting herbs, flowers or other plants into a container. Instead of planting plants directly in the ground, a container garden uses containers of various colors, sizes, and shapes.

Creative containers may recycle old pottery jars, wheelbarrows, pails, or even watering cans. Make sure you make a few holes in the bottom of your container. Placing moss at the bottom of your container may help keep water in the container. However, it is just as important to place some gravel at the bottom so that water can drain through it. Next, add a bit of fertilizer. Try to use well-established plants for your containers.

Gardeners who love homegrown strawberries can start by planting a few plants in a container. By the beginning of strawberry season, the gardener will have enough strawberries for dessert. A wonderful herb garden placed near your outdoor kitchen door is a great gift for yourself or others.

Container ideas

Hanging baskets
Window boxes
Metal bathtubs
Old boots
Bird cage

Container gardening can be fun. But remember these cautions:

  • Drying out can happen at times of very limited rainfall. Water as needed.
  • Overheating occurs when the soil becomes hot, moisture within the container heats up, and the plant roots are "steam cooked." Watch for this in the hot summer months.
  • Waterlogging happens when there is too much water in a plant container for too long a time and the plant roots start to suffer and rot from lack of air. Don't overwater.
  • Containers deteriorate with age and eventually collapse, leaving the plant roots exposed to the elements. Repot and reinvigorate your plants, while adding a new look to your 'container garden'.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff