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Start With a Star: Container Design Tips

Design an unforgettable display around one of these impressive performers

Fine Gardening - Issue 187

Surrounding a dramatic “thriller” with the right supporting cast is a time-honored formula for container garden success. If you want to freshen up your potted displays, look for show-stoppers to anchor your designs. The plants below get plenty of attention at my garden center; these beauties can step into the starring role and steal the show. Will any of them make your next casting call?

Mangave cultivars are delightfully diverse

Mangaves are cool new hybrids that have taken the succulent world by storm. They combine the best characteristics of two species: the strong architectural qualities of agaves (Agave spp. and cvs., Zones 7–10) and the fast growth and pretty leaf patterns of manfredas (Manfreda spp. and cvs., Zones 7–10). These collectible cultivars are stunning grouped with each other and with other succulents.

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