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Apr 9, 2020 9:38 PM CST
Name: Kim
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Hello everyone! Ok, so this list of three types is copied from my blog. But please feel free to tell everyone what type of container gardener you are, and maybe even share a few photos. Happy gardening everyone! Thumbs up

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#1: The Classicist: Formal Style:
Formal gardens appeal to homeowners for a variety of reasons: they reflect the style of a period or older home, they work well in small places, and they impart a sense of order in a landscape. Formal elements appeal to gardeners who appreciate simplicity and repetition. Additionally, a traditional garden plan is easy to lay out and plant.
Formal container gardens, like formal in-ground gardens, get their stylistic good looks from characteristics that define their style. In general, traditional gardens are symmetrical and balanced. Their design relies on heavily on structure, order, and geometry. To achieve these design objectives, think in multiples; repetition is your best friend. If you plant one gorgeous container, plant another one just like it (in an identical pot) to achieve a mirroring, thus traditional, look.
Since structure is a strong element of traditional style, a traditional container garden is all about pot placement. For example, in-ground formal gardens always have a central axis, such as a path. They also depend on a focal point, such as an accent plant, a sculpture, or a bench, to draw the eye inward. You can achieve a similar formal spatial layout by placing containers in a line, square, or circle. A container can be an element of a formal in-ground garden. For example, many formal gardens use containers as a focal point in the center of the garden. If you don't have space for an in-ground garden, you can create a formal garden using containers alone. Combine traditional plants with classic containers for a formal garden look in an entryway or backyard or on a condo or apartment terrace.

#2: The Romantic: Cottage Style:
Are you a gardener who thrills to the sight of lots of color, mounds of flowers, and cascades of foliage—all barely contained in the pot they are planted in? Then you are probably a cottage gardener at heart. Whether you adorn your front porch with big, blowsy pots of flowers, hang flower-laden window boxes at every window, or add colorful containers to your garden beds and borders, flower-filled pots can add romantic exuberance to your yard.
You can achieve a cottage-garden feel—in a container—by planting tightly, excessively, and with color and foliage show in mind. Combining plants of all heights, flower sizes, and textures will produce the most magnificent planters. Good container-planting advice is this: plant a thriller, a filler, and a spiller. Besides looking lovely to a passerby, romantic cottage-garden containers also appeal to wildlife on the wing.
For example, hanging baskets packed with red-and-pink fuchsia flowers will bring in hummingbirds; these flying wonders are attracted to the color red. Window boxes planted with zinnias, Pentax, and tithonia will lure in nectar-seeking butterflies too.
Consider fragrance when you plant. Many cottage-garden favorites are also sweetly scented, which adds to their romantic allure. Fragrant flowers and foliage include jasmine-vine, small rose varieties, and spice-scented dianthus.
Position scent-imbued containers near doorways and windows so you can catch sweet whiffs.

#3: The Individualist: Personal Style:
Let your personal passions and interest drive the design of your containers to express your own individual style.
Surround yourself with the containers, flowers, and colors that you enjoy. Personal style is sometimes referred to as "eclectic style", which means that you are free of any style constraints. You can mix modern with cottage elements, classic urns with country-style galvanized aluminum. You can't break any rules because personal style has none.
Personal container gardens showcase the gardener's passion. Do you love bright colors? Then pick containers in the hues that make you smile, and pack them full with equally bright-blooming flowers. Or are you fixated on just one color? Solitary color themes are easy to create—just choose containers and flowers of one hue. For example, do you like the formality of an all-white garden? Choose white containers (in any style) and fill them with white-flowering and white-foliage plants such as bacopa, dusty miller, and petunias. Is blue your favorite color? Then select blue containers and pack them with the vivid blue blooms of lobelia, fanflower, and blue salvia.
But, of course, you don't have to be either of the "personal style container gardener" examples that I have shown you above, because as I already stated, there are no rules with personal gardening themes and you are free to just plant and organize the way you like!
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Apr 12, 2020 5:17 PM CST
Name: Larry
Burleson, Texas (Zone 8a)
I guess I am #3. I have a lot of passion for what I do and since I make all of my own containers out of concrete I have a lot of freedom to be creative

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Apr 12, 2020 6:31 PM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Wow! The containers and the plants are very pretty.
Keep it up and happy gardening! Thumbs up
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Apr 13, 2020 6:02 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Very nice containers! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Apr 13, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Name: HBLM My husbands nic
Wood village (Zone 8a)
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I am not sure what kind of containers I grow. I love all kinds of flowers I guess I am a eclectic type of gardener. What do you think?
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Flowers are the music of the ground:)
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Apr 13, 2020 2:12 PM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Beautiful colors @sprout22! I'd say that you're more leaning towards the "romantic cottage" style. You like bright colors, although you don't necessarily overflow your pots with foliage and color. So, actually you're probably a "personally styled romantic cottage" style.
Keep it up and happy gardening! Thumbs up
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Apr 13, 2020 2:13 PM CST
Name: Kim
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But yes, I'd definitely agree with you. It seems like you are an eclectic gardener.
And it's worth saying again: your plants and pots are BEAUTIFUL!
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Apr 13, 2020 6:22 PM CST
Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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What is the purple flowering plant in second pic?
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Apr 13, 2020 7:13 PM CST
Name: Kim
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Good question Eric. They are beautiful though, whatever they are.
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Apr 14, 2020 8:07 AM CST
Name: Christine
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I believe it's a Clematis. Smiling Very pretty indeed.

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Apr 17, 2020 1:56 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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I would say inbetween #s2 and 3. I use whatever. I do like the really full containers. Some pics from last year, but you can't really see the pots in some pics. Also a pic of the new raised tomato bed. I promise to take better long shots this year so the pots can be seen! I had three pots of morning glories last year, plus the Mina lobata. Zinnias and marigolds in pots, and 4 hanging baskets. A lime tree, plus a very large avocado, and a very large crown of thorns. These stay inside in the winter and go out in the summer.


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Apr 17, 2020 9:33 AM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Wow! Most definitely pretty @gardenfish! The morning glories are exceptionally beautiful.
Wow, it looks like you're really great with container gardening!

Keep it up! Thumbs up
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Apr 17, 2020 12:55 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Thanks so much! Lovey dubby
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Apr 17, 2020 6:45 PM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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@KFredenburg your avatar photo is adorable! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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Apr 17, 2020 7:00 PM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Haha thanks! The photo isn't mine, but lately we *have* been having lots of squirrels and hares coming very close to our house because of the carrots spinach and things that we give them. They are adorable!
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Apr 18, 2020 4:56 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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I, for one, kinda like squirrels, but then I don't have the problems with them like so many others have. Because we have so many nice nut trees in my neighborhood, pecans, black walnuts and hickories, they leave my feeders alone.
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Apr 18, 2020 11:27 AM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Ah, yes. The nut trees would do it lol. They don't bother any of our plants, probably just simply because we only do succulents (the oleander bushes don't count, because they're big bushes).
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Apr 18, 2020 6:18 PM CST
Name: Sammy
Mid Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I like to grow all kind of containers. I have some palm trees that have been in the same containers for more than 20 years. Every summer I plant dozens of containers that I grow around my patio and yard. I have an extensive drip irrigation system to water everything so that I can be absent for days at a time.
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Apr 18, 2020 9:46 PM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Those plants are beautiful Sammy! And they are VERY scenic.

Keep it up @eber1140! Thumbs up
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Apr 18, 2020 9:48 PM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Is that a banana plant or an elephant ear type plant in the last picture?
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