Containers are a great way to spruce up an area and add a splash of color. Great ornamental container gardens don’t just happen. They take planning, routine maintenance and periodic replenishing. The ‘Disney look’ of stunning colorful displays is achieved with constant maintenance and rotation of plantings.
Decide on the level of maintenance you are willing to commit to. A container in full sun in summer may need watering three times a day — and still look stressed. Heavy rains may batter plants and spread diseases. Ornamental container gardens offering year-round perfection are difficult to achieve. Instead, plant a frost tolerant slow growing perennial and plan to accent it with color accents in 4½ inch pots. Keep the accents looking their best by pinching spent blooms, and replace them seasonally.
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