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Container challenge plan

By: Garden Gate staff
Here’s a deck planting that really makes a great first impression.

Click on the photo for this container plan.

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Here’s a deck planting that really makes a great first impression. Garden Gate reader, Jennifer VanWagner, sent us photos of her deck railing container and we made it one of the featured designs in this year’s Container Challenge.

Tough and reliable annuals, such as geranium, licorice plant, lantana and calibrachoa, mean this exuberant planting doesn’t need any fuss. Click on the photo for the plan and plant list.

A self-watering container helps keep it looking good, too. Once the reservoir is full, plants have easy access to water for several days, which cuts down on garden chores. But you may still need to water daily during particularly long hot spells. The container on the railing is 9 in. wide and 39 in. long and is watered through a fill tube. You can get your own from a local garden center or from Gardener’s Supply at 888-833-1412.

Have a great container design? Take a photo and enter our Container Challenge!

Check out the four bonus container plans from the current issue at lower right.

Published: May 12, 2009
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