Synopses & Reviews
Tired of container gardens that look great in the summer but not the rest of the year? Garden designers Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins offer an innovative system for creating stylish container gardens that can change with the seasons with a minimum of fuss. They begin with a "main-stage" plant--a woody plant, garden ornament, or eye-catching perennial--and then add a secondary player for texture and variety. As the seasons change, they show how easy it is to swap plants in and out for a dynamic display that looks great year-round. Their simple approach yields endless variations, seasonal bursts of color, and varied textures that echo the ever-changing beauty of nature. The book features designs for twelve containers, each with a unique plan for swapping plants every season, for a total of 48 exciting looks.
Extend the life of your container garden beyond the summer months with an innovative system created by Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins. Beginning with a central woody plant, garden ornament, or eye-catching perennial, you ll learn how to swap in seasonal plants for a dynamic display that looks great year-round. This inventive guide presents 48 tried-and-true designs that yield endless variations. No matter the season, your container garden will be glowing with bursts of color and varied textures that are in tune with nature.
Keep Your Containers Fresh and Vibrant Season After Season
Bring your containers to gorgeous year-round life with twelve miniature garden plans designed to be as appealing in January as they are in July. Begin with a dramatic main-stage plant, swap supporting players in and out throughout the year, adn enjoy the beauty of nature contained.
About the Author
Sara Begg Townsend is a garden writer and the former executive editor of Horticulture magazine. She lives in Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Notes from Sara's Garden
Notes from Roanne's Garden
Part 1: A New Take on Container Gardening
Expand Your Plant World * The Four-Season Container Garden * Picking Plants * Get Thee to a Nursery * A Village of Underplantings * Containers Are Your Cardigans * Planting Up and Swapping Out * Planting Up Your Container * Initial Underplanting * Caring for Your Contained Garden * Pruning for Long-Term Care
Part 2: Twelve Containers Through the Year
Container 1: Colorful Sticks
Container 2: Cool Bark
Container 3: Off-Season Blooms
Container 4: Dressing Up Topiary
Container 5: A Shrub for All Seasons
Container 6: Purple Deluxe
Container 7: Woodland Shrubbery
Container 8: Flowering Tree
Container 9: Very Berried
Container 10: Transplant Time
Container 11: Ornamental Grass
Container 12: Structure & Vines