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Cool-Season Containers

These charming designs prove you don’t need to go over the top to catch the eye

Fine Gardening - Issue 166

The end of the season is a relaxing time. Cooler temperatures prevail, and plants are slowing down or are preparing to go dormant. This isn’t really a time, then, for over-the-top displays of intensely colored flowers that are either huge or too numerous to count. It is a season for charm. Think Cary Grant, not Fabio.

Of course, Cary Grant was a handsome man, and the container designs that follow are certain to catch the eye. The way they do it, however, is not with bold blooms but with a more subtle use of color and form. These containers will draw you in so you can take a long, leisurely look at the interplay of the elements in the design. And with winter on its way, what better time to truly enjoy your plants?


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