Container theme gardens 42 combinations, each using 5 perfectly matched plants

Nancy J. Ondra

Book - 2016

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North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing [2016].
Main Author
Nancy J. Ondra (author)
Other Authors
Rob Cardillo (photographer)
Physical Description
267 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
  • Why try containers?
  • Nine Reasons to Try Containers
  • Basics of Container Gardening
  • Playing With Color
  • Five-Part Harmony of Color
  • Bold Contrast
  • Pretty in Pastel
  • Rich Reds
  • Orange All Over
  • Growing Sunshine
  • Singin' the Blues
  • Regal Purple
  • Elegant Whites
  • Sparkling Silvers
  • Back to Black
  • Through the Seasons
  • Spring Cheer
  • All-Summer Color
  • Autumn's Brilliance
  • Winter Wonders
  • Year-Round Interest
  • Location, Location, Location
  • Made for Shade
  • Beat the Heat
  • Balcony Beauties
  • Designed to Attract
  • Hummingbird Haven
  • Butterfly Banquet
  • Kid Attraction
  • Small Wonders
  • A Mini Meadow
  • Pond in a Pot
  • Magic in Miniature
  • Fun and Colorful Edibles
  • Salad on Deck
  • Herbs on the Windowsill
  • A Pot of Tea
  • Bursting with Berries
  • Special Themes
  • Just Right for Night
  • Living Perfume
  • Asian-Inspired Beauty
  • All About the Plants
  • Annual Appeal
  • Perennial Punch for Shade
  • Tropical Sunset
  • Lovely Leaves
  • All About the Container
  • Terra-Cotta Charm
  • The Versatile Plastic Pot
  • Copper Beauty
  • Cemented in Place
  • Country Hardwood
  • Eye-Catching Ceramic
  • Index
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The latest from Ondra (Five-Plant Gardens) is a practical and planter-friendly guide to gardening-no garden required. Focusing on pots instead of plots, Ondra demonstrates the appeal of growing plants in containers with 42 original designs. Each design uses a five-plant palette of plants that complement each other and the pot they're displayed in. For example, a terra cotta container holds fuchsia, coleus, spurge, sweet potato vine, and heuchera, their colors keyed to the clay pot's. For each design, Ondra teases the bouquet apart with descriptions of each plant, then offers "Tidbits, Tips, and Tricks" plus commentary on the plants' behavior through four seasons. She helpfully adds substitutes: if Arizona apricot blanket flower is not available for the mini-meadow design, she suggests mesa peach or "another mounded annual... with daisy-form flowers." Rob Cardillo's photographs accentuate Ondra's seductive designs in this comprehensive, easy-to-use book. This is not an armchair gardener's book-anyone can do it! (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

Garden writer (The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer) and blogger ( Ondra has written a detailed, beautiful guide to creating lush, stylish container gardens. Complemented by -Cardillo's stunning color photographs, the title highlights 42 container gardens, each using five plants. Themes include color, location, mini meadow, scented gardens, edibles, and many more. Each entry begins with a full-page image of the mature garden, site and container information, and a list of the five plants. The plant palette pages share a close-up of each plant, a general description of the plant's type, and a list of alternate plants/cultivars that would also work in the garden, making it easy to substitute one choice for another. Next are descriptions of the garden as it matures from spring through fall, specific seasonal information on caring for the garden, and dismantling instructions for the fall-what to keep and how to keep it and what to put in the compost pile. Tips and tricks round out each entry. VERDICT Gardeners will enjoy browsing this lovely book and will be easily able to create and maintain myriad variations of Ondra's container gardens using the wide range of plants she suggests.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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