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Design a container with dwarf perennials

By: Garden Gate staff
Small-stature perennials are easily incorporated into almost any garden, but what about using them in containers?

Dwarf perennial container

design a container with dwarf perennials

Small-stature perennials are easily incorporated into almost any garden, but their petite size makes them ideal for use in containers.

Select perennials just as you would for any other combination; pick an upright or spiky plant, one that drapes over the edge and a filler in between. Perennials and annuals can be combined for the right look in a container; just be sure that the cultural requirements are compatible. Here 16-in.-tall ‘Kim’s Knee High’ coneflower, ‘Little Bunny’ fountain grass and any colorful coleus are just right in this 20-in.-diameter pot. (You’ll need to pinch the coleus regularly to keep it small.) There’s even room left for a bit of moneywort to spill over the edge.

Later in the season, plant the perennials in your garden and enjoy them there next year. Or lift them again and replant in another container.

Published: March 4, 2008
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