Up close and personal displays

If you like to have potted plants where you're nose-to-nose with them almost daily, such as on a deck or patio (or indoors for that matter), choose plants with interesting details. I'm talking pretty or very colorful flowers, fragrant flowers, fragrant foliage, unusually shaped or colored leaves, or edible parts. Avoid plants that attract bees, that don't smell too good, that have prickers or thorns, or that have rambling, unruly growth habits, like Japanese barberry.

Many container gardens exist indoors or in shady areas like porches and patios. If you want your close-up container garden to look its best in a shady location, be sure to pick out plants that grow well in shade. See Figure 16-3 for an example of a container garden you can design for the shade.

Figure 16-3:

A container planting for the shade can be just as full and vibrant as one for the sun.

Figure 16-3:

A container planting for the shade can be just as full and vibrant as one for the sun.

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