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August 2008

Using containers in borders

Containers aren’t just for porches, patios and decks — you can also put them in your perennial borders. Here are some tips to help you decide where to place the containers.

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Swordleaf inula

If you have clay soil, you might want to try growing swordleaf inula. The mounds of small swordlike leaves are almost covered with 1-in.-diameter golden-yellow flowers in midsummer.

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Mantids

Mantids are among nature’s most elegant, efficient and lethal predators. But despite their movie-monster appearance and ferocious reputations, they make great garden helpers.

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Common ragweed

If you suffer from hay fever, this is the culprit. Common ragweed can grow anywhere from 1 to 4 ft. tall and produces green flowers in late summer.

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Blossom-end rot on peppers

Blossom-end rot is a common problem with peppers, tomatoes, melons and squash. It starts out as a round, sunken, soft spot at the end of the pepper and grows steadily larger.

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