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Romance Your Pots: Tricks and Tips from a Northwest Gardener on Turning Heat-Loving Plants into Unforgettable Containers for Your Patio

Magazine article Sunset

Romance Your Pots: Tricks and Tips from a Northwest Gardener on Turning Heat-Loving Plants into Unforgettable Containers for Your Patio

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"BLING FOR THE GARDEN" is how Jill Goodsell describes the captivating containers she uses to dress her property in Woodinville, Washington. "I want a garden that invites people to linger, and containers play a role in that," she says. "People stop, point them out, and stay awhile."

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Q&A Jill Goodsell shares more of her tips for hot pots

Why do you like to display pots by themselves, rather than in clusters? Bunched pots can look contrived and overwhelming. I'd rather use single pots to punctuate the land-scape.

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How do you choose plants for containers? I know that certain plants always work. If I see a really sweet red Ricinus for sale, I buy it. Or I put plants together in the nursery; if they dance, I know I've got a winning design.

What about pairing plants for color? …

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