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Container Garden Design: Three’s Company

Five designers prove that you don’t have to go overboard to have a gorgeous container

Fine Gardening - Issue 194

It’s easy to get carried away with container design, adding plants until the pot overflows. But simple designs can be stunning too, so the FG editors asked five designers to show us what they can do with just three plants. They could use more than one “copy” of a particular plant, but each container in this article only has three cultivars.

The designers came through with some great ideas. We have heat-and drought-tolerant beauties from the Southwest, a combo anchored by a redbud from California, some eclectic tropicals from our Midwest designer, a large-scale shade container from our Northeast contributor, and some standout perennial combos from the Northwest. If you had to choose just three, what would they be?

Photo: Carol Collins

Fine detail at eye level

Space is at a premium in my small garden, and containers allow me to make room for more plants. A hanging dish…

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