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Expert Container Designs: How to Combine Plants with Different Needs

Broaden your options by building a design with plants that have different watering needs

Fine Gardening – Issue 170

Container gardening opens the door to unlimited possibilities for creativity. All you have to do is let your imagination run wild and start playing with different combinations of plants. One of the few limitations we’ve found is a plant’s need for a specific type of light. Full-sun plants are not happy in full shade and vice versa (although you can often combine plants with partial sun/partial shade requirements). What would happen, though, if you fell in love with a combination of a sun-loving plants, yet some need more water than others? Here is where you can be creative and have a lot fun. The planting technique is called “pot within a pot.”

Several years ago, we fell in love with using succulents and cacti in containers for the drama they bring to a design. At first, we planted our cacti and succulents with one another because of…

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