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Air Cleansing Containers
Looking for no worries, low maintenance, air-cleansing (according to NASA), low light containers? Do such plants exist? You bet they do! Here is some info on Aspidistra and Dracaena plants. Want something real and green not plastic or silk! Want to do some seriously no fuss gardening? Here’s how.

Artichokes are Amazing!
The Arti is the really pretty flower part and the Choke is the bit we eat – but ARTICHOKE leaves are the real tonic … and what better way to grow a big and interesting specimen plant in a container than this? Got space in the corner for one of these? It’s certainly no plain Jane, and useful too!

Attracting Butterflies
Watching butterflies flit around your garden is wonderful and awe inspiring. Butterflies are attracted to many types of flowers easily grown in containers, and many easily grown plants are food for their young. Here is a list of flowers and plants so you can create a complete butterfly habitat.

Attracting Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds are a joy to watch and beautiful in the garden. You can easily grow a garden to attract and nourish these beautiful birds in almost any climate. Here are some design ideas using easy-to grow container plants for your container garden.

Autumn Flowers for Containers
As the weather starts to cool, your summer containers may be looking a little aged. Don´t despair! There are still plants available to give your garden a burst of color. Many choices go well with other autumn decorations, like pumpkins and dried corn. Here are some great autumn planting ideas.

Bee Friendly Containers
A bee won’t sting you if you just leave them alone – they’re too busy; and besides, I hear that a bee hanging around means there’s hard work ahead for you but tons of good luck too. So, if you want bees to visit your container garden, plant the right flowers and herbs and they will surely come.

Broccoli and Carrot Containers
Shop bought vegetables just do not stand in the same queue as your own home grown ones - that fresh, delicious, healthy crunch that comes from your own container cannot be beat as they say. Companions are mates and two good ones are Broccoli and Carrots, easy to grow and so versatile in the kitchen!

Buying Container Plants
Buying new stock for your container garden may be just the bit of retail therapy you need but these guidelines will help you look out for good and bad signs in the planted pots you finally purchase. Don't be in a hurry! Don't go cheap! Enjoy your choices, speak to those in the know at the nursery.

Cactus Containers
Not home much? Travel a lot? Work odd hours and weekends away? Treasure your black thumb but need something to grow? If you answered yes for just one of these questions then maybe a cactus container garden would suit you. It is easy enough to set up and simple enough to maintain. Waterwise too!

Chayote in Containers
Chayote in containers may be unusual for some but everyday for others – I say we should join the others and grow some. Like courgettes in a way, this vigorous climber belongs to the gourd family is popular in southern warm areas, it has many uses in the kitchen and is a medicinal vegetable as well.

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