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Perfect Potted Plants for Any Space

Living Room

For a fast way to perk up a porch before a party, relocate pots of lush flowers. In a limited palette, like the pink and white blooms here, the collection feels cohesive, not chaotic.

Climb the Walls

Liven up a plain patio wall with a sun-seeking climber, like bougainvillea — the twining vertical vines balance the bushiness below. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you'll need.

Step by Step

To create contrast and visual vibrancy, situate curvaceous containers on stairs and fill with interestingly shaped plants, from scallop-leafed geraniums to spiky, serrated agave.

The Great Divide

Instead of waiting for slow-maturing shrubs to provide privacy and pathways, use jumbo-size planters as instant screens of green. These parallel rows of foliage fake a focal point, directing garden-goers to a secluded seating spot.

Garden Variety

A mismatched mix of glazed, graphic pots — some overturned so there's a subtle staggering of heights — seem coordinated when gathered as a group.

Spice Spot

Eye-catching as well as edible, herbs massed together on a table transform a small patch of porch into hardworking acreage. Burgundy coleus in a timeworn metal tub beneath provides a colorful counterpoint.

How to Start a Container Garden

TheDailyGreen.com has tips and tricks for starting a container garden in any space. Whether you want fresh flowers, veggies or simply some greenery, spruce up your terrace, balcony, deck or other space—get their advice.

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