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Updated: 06/20/2013 08:01:45AM

Create stunning ornamental container gardens

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Community pride is evident in downtown Arcadia. Wolfe and Algie Didlaukies spruced up the area around this palm tree growing in the parking lot across from their antique shop.

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Colorful containers of potted plants show community pride in downtown Arcadia and add an old world look. An ornate container in front of Wheeler’s Café looks good with an assortment of basil and caladiums.

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Bougainvilla is a good choice for nearly year-round color if protected from frosts, but be aware it drops more than just about any other plant. The thorny stems may be hazardous in public locations. It blooms best when its roots are crowded, and its water requirements are low.


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Café Italiano grows an assortment of herbs in containers in front of the restaurant, and in the alley you’ll find grape vines and a fig tree.


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Lisanthus adds a bright spot of color in front of Arcadia Printing. Plain pots look good with colorful plants.

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Palms, including fishtail, bamboo, areca, lady and pygmy date will do well for several years in containers or in restricted planting areas such as along sidewalks.

By Karen Smoke

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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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