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One of the most anticipated rites of summer is harvesting the first homegrown tomato. Even if you have limited outdoor space, you can still grow tomatoes in containers on a deck, patio or apartment balcony.

Using good potting soil is a simple way to get your outdoor container gardens off to a great start.  

For unbelievable beauty anywhere you want it, pop a hydrangea in a pot and put it where you need it to go! Porch, driveway, balcony, sidewalk, deck. If you can dream it, chances are you can beautify it. No matter if your spot has full sun, dappled shade, or something in between, there’s a hydrangea you can display there.

You can learn more about using orange in your garden in our What’s Your Color? Orange article.

 

Here are 15 Combination Container Ideas that utilize analogous colors. These colors are next to each other on the color wheel and blend well together.  There are several different sets of analogous colors to consider and a wealth of ways to combine orange with similar colors to create vibrant options for your garden.

Orange may not be the most popular color for gardeners, but don’t hold that against it. 

Knowing a bit about color theory can help you design color combinations that really stand out. One color scheme is called a  color triad. This way of combining colors uses an equilateral triangle that is put in the middle of a color wheel. Choose the color that each tip of the triangle touches and you’ll have a color triad. In this case we used a very simple, 6-color color wheel, which yields one color triad composed of orange, violet and green.

Trying new flowers in my garden is one of my favorite things to do—the sheer possibilities make me a little giddy!

Think of any spot in your garden and there’s likely an ornamental grass to fit. This versatile group of plants suits all sorts of uses in landscapes and containers, even in water gardens. Though most prefer quite a bit of sunshine, some grasses can handle filtered shade. Let’s take a look at five ways to use ornamental grasses in your garden this season.

Color is the soul of every garden and the main way in which you express your style and personality in the garden. Each color has its own impact and meaning when used in a garden. I have been slowly writing my way through the colors of the rainbow and how to use them in gardens. I have already written about chartreuse , black, white and orange.  In this article, I will cover using red in the garden.

Hanging baskets are a wonderful way to decorate your outdoor space. Whether you have a dozen baskets around your wrap-around porch or a single gorgeous basket in a place of prominence, they are an excellent addition to your garden.

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