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Container Gardens with Pizzazz

Welcoming entrance A welcoming committee of colorful blossoms and foliage flanks a side door. Pots brim with spineless yucca, croton, ageratum, marigolds and coleus; a hanging basket spills over with verbena ‘Bright Eyes’ and Wave petunias.

30 Beautiful Container Gardens

For extra drama in a pot, use plants of varying heights. The spiky, red leaves of Cordyline ‘Crimson Star’ rise above the star-shape flowers of ‘Graffiti Violet’ geranium. Supertunia Watermelon Charm gracefully spills over the edge.

30 Beautiful Container Gardens

How would this hold up in the an open area, in the wind? Containers are ideal hosts for specimens that you normally wouldn’t plant in a Midwest garden, such as this tropical blood banana paired with trailing geraniums and scaevola.

30 Beautiful Container Gardens

Horticulturist Gail Estka considers containers an art form in her Illinois yard. See how she creates drama with tropical plants and trees as well as texture, foliage and color schemes.