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Continuous Container Gardens: Swap In the Plants of the Season to Create Fresh Designs Year-Round [Paperback]

Roanne Robbins , Sara Begg Townsend
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Feb. 26 2011

Tired of container gardens that look great in the summer but not the rest of the year? Garden designers Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins offer an innovative system for creating stylish container gardens that can change with the seasons with a minimum of fuss. They begin with a "main-stage" plant--a woody plant, garden ornament, or eye-catching perennial--and then add a secondary player for texture and variety. As the seasons change, they show how easy it is to swap plants in and out for a dynamic display that looks great year-round. Their simple approach yields endless variations, seasonal bursts of color, and varied textures that echo the ever-changing beauty of nature. The book features designs for twelve containers, each with a unique plan for swapping plants every season, for a total of 48 exciting looks.

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Keep Your Containers Fresh and Vibrant Season After Season

Bring your containers to gorgeous year-round life with twelve miniature garden plans designed to be as appealing in January as they are in July. Begin with a dramatic main-stage plant, swap supporting players in and out throughout the year, adn enjoy the beauty of nature contained.

About the Author

Roanne Robbins is a design consultant who specializes in creative plant and floral designs for small-space gardens, containers, and special occasions. She lives in Rhode Island and blogs at www.naturecontained.com.



Sara Begg Townsend is a garden writer and the former executive editor of Horticulture magazine. She lives in Massachusetts.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Planting All Season Gardens in Pots April 27 2011
Format:Paperback
Right from the first page, the authors declare that a container garden is better than a large flower bed because with containers, the gardener can focus on less and do more with it. For example, deadheading a container garden takes 30 seconds if done a few times a week. Furthermore, because pots are closer to eye level, they make it easier to appreciate individual plants. The restricted amount of gardening surface also teaches and inspires the gardener to become a better editor and a better designer.

Traditional gardeners better hold onto their hats because this book will provide a roller coaster of a ride as the authors present a new treatment for an established style of gardening. According to the publisher, the authors submit

"..an innovative system for creating stylish container gardens that can change with the seasons with a minimum of fuss. They begin with a "main-stage" plant, a woody plant, garden ornament, or eye-catching perennial and then add a secondary player for texture and variety. As the seasons change, they show how easy it is to swap plants in and out for a dynamic display that looks great year-round. Their simple approach yields endless variations, seasonal bursts of color, and varied textures that echo the ever-changing beauty of nature. The book features designs for twelve containers, each with a unique plan for swapping plants every season, for a total of 48 exciting looks."

Essential to the theme of this book is that for container gardens to be sustaining, annuals won't do. The continuous container garden is less of a colorful floral composition and more of a mini-garden inspired by the nature surrounding a home.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Planting All Season Gardens in Pots April 27 2011
By allanbecker-gardenguru - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Continuous Container Gardens: Swap In the Plants of the Season to Create Fresh Designs Year-Round
Right from the first page, the authors declare that a container garden is better than a large flower bed because with containers, the gardener can focus on less and do more with it. For example, deadheading a container garden takes 30 seconds if done a few times a week. Furthermore, because pots are closer to eye level, they make it easier to appreciate individual plants. The restricted amount of gardening surface also teaches and inspires the gardener to become a better editor and a better designer.

Traditional gardeners better hold onto their hats because this book will provide a roller coaster of a ride as the authors present a new treatment for an established style of gardening. According to the publisher, the authors submit

"...an innovative system for creating stylish container gardens that can change with the seasons with a minimum of fuss. They begin with a "main-stage" plant -- a woody plant, garden ornament, or eye-catching perennial - and then add a secondary player for texture and variety. As the seasons change, they show how easy it is to swap plants in and out for a dynamic display that looks great year-round. Their simple approach yields endless variations, seasonal bursts of color, and varied textures that echo the ever-changing beauty of nature. The book features designs for twelve containers, each with a unique plan for swapping plants every season, for a total of 48 exciting looks."

Essential to the theme of this book is that for container gardens to be sustaining, annuals won't do. The continuous container garden is less of a colorful floral composition and more of a mini-garden inspired by the nature surrounding a home. To that end, the focus is on perennials and their foliage, ornamental and evergreen shrubs, and ornamental trees that grow less than 25 feet tall. Pretty flowers are considered a bonus, a small decorative splash..

However, one of the requisites of this philosophy of container planting is that one must be prepared to move plants in and out of containers as the seasons dictate. In addition, trees and shrubs might require their roots to be trimmed in order for them to remain pot - friendly, as they mature. Some perennials will require dividing. Therefore, while this innovative form of miniature gardening is refreshing, it is not targeting the busy multi-tasking homeowner. For as little work as it takes to maintain these pots, there is a greater commitment to transform them as the season changes. Dedicated and passionate gardeners, with time on their hands, will be delighted with the results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great photography and ideas Oct. 2 2013
By Meghan E. Steen - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of great plant combos and container ideas. Great photography. Nice book for my collection. I would recommend to professional or homeowner
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Container Designs Oct. 10 2014
By C. Herz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
great ideas for plants to use in permanent or seasonal containers. Suggestions for a main shrub or tree and then changing out accompanying plants for each season. Highly recommend for anyone interested in container designs and inspirational combinations. Book recommends experimenting with shrubs and perennials rather than traditional annuals.
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