The difference between “container gardening” and “gardening in a container” is not merely semantic. While the former implies a reliance on a standard mix of spectacular but short-lived annuals, the latter draws on the vast array of plant material one would use in any mixed border. Bending the boundaries of typical planter plantings, Townsend and Robbins begin with a basic design scheme that can be updated throughout the seasons. The key to this flexibility is a strong foundation on which central plants such as trees, shrubs, and perennials are supported by a cast of sequential secondary players. Highlighting 12 containers that illustrate a favorite theme such as foliage, structure, color, or movement, the authors deconstruct each vessel’s composition and subsequent adaptations and include such vital information as off-season care and proper container selection. With a bright, breezy, conversational style, the authors’ infectious enthusiasm and extensive experience will empower gardeners to think outside their usual container comfort zones. --Carol Haggas
From the Back Cover
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.