Contain Yourself.

It’s growing time. The local plant nurseries are being rummaged by DIY gardeners getting their green thumb on fresh flowers and pretty planters. Container gardens are simple ways to plant your favorite flower, herb, shrub or vine without committing to a larger landscape project. And if you’re like me and have a teeny parcel of land to dress up, a few flushing mini gardens set in planters is the way to go. Sunset Magazine shares with us some beautiful ideas. Now get growing!

Bringing the beach to your balcony.

Bringing the beach to your balcony with sand, driftwood, and slow-growing plants.

Bronze colors in perennial azalea, fern plants and shrubs.

Bronze colors glow in perennial azalea, fern plants and shrubs.

An mini landscape for an urban dwelling towers with azalea, ivy, and a small maple tree.

A mini landscape for an urban dwelling towers with azalea, ivy, and a small maple tree.

Be edgy and green with a pot made from a an old light fixture.

Be edgy and green with a pot made from a an old light fixture.

Bring Spring to your steps with layers of small greens tinged with white and yellow flowers.

Bring Spring to your steps with layers of small greens tinged with white and yellow flowers.

Take it to the wall with a vertical textural garden of colorful succulents.

Take it to the wall with a vertical textural garden of colorful succulents.

Make a big entrance with a row of big contemporary pots filled with sedums, cottoneasters, and junipers.

Make a big entrance with a row of 24"round contemporary pots filled with sedums, Cotoneaster, and junipers.

Keep it light and white with ceramic planters and bold sculptural plants like agaves, ferns, and other simple specimens.

Keep it light and white with ceramic planters and bold sculptural plants like agaves, ferns, and other simple specimens.

I love lavender and this dwarf variety is a perfect pairing for a series of small pot.

I love lavender and this dwarf variety is a perfect pairing for a series of small pot.

Dinner is ready with a simple two-tiered herb garden tumbling with chives, rosemary, thyme

Dinner is ready with a simple two-tiered herb garden tumbling with chives, rosemary, thyme.

Drought tolerant plants like the Echeveria and New Zealand flax are perfectly potted in a dry warm weather climate.

Drought tolerant plants like the Echeveria and New Zealand flax are perfectly potted in a dry warm weather climate.

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