On deckPublished on June 19, 2016


  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • STEP 1: 
Choose greens in a variety of heights and textures
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • STEP 2: 
Choose both tall and cascading florals
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • STEP 3: 
Find an artistic element
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • STEP 4: 
Plant greens and flowers around the glass ball
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

Getting a gorgeous summer garden display doesn’t have to mean having a grand scale garden. Container gardens provide plenty of bountiful beauty and long-term enjoyment.

Andrea Murray, a horticultural technician with Artistic Landscape Designs, says the trend today is to combine annuals with perennials to bring texture and colour together. “By using both annuals and perennials you increase your material options for creative plant combinations,” offers the expert.

Andrea designed a tropical container by combining greens with orange flowering plants; she used dahlia, begonia, hosta, tropical spike and neon pothos.


  • Start with a container to suit your space.
  • Add filler half way up the container, add weight 
and top with landscape fabric.
  • Fill with Organic Urban Garden Container Mix 
to help retain moisture.
  • Choose a theme to suit the patio or deck.
  • Add an artistic element like a glass garden 
ball for visual interest.

Mary Taggart

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