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Container Gardening

Fresh Ideas for Creative Containers

with Katie Ketelsen
Containers add instant impact to garden spaces, inside and out. Learn pro secrets to beautiful floral and edible container gardens.

In this 10-lesson course, Better Homes and Gardens Editor Katie Ketelsen shows you how to build a water garden in less than 30 minutes, grow the freshest herbs right on your tabletop and create perfect plant combinations for season-long color. Discover unexpected containers and update your old standbys — from moss-lined baskets to galvanized metal tubs — with sophisticated new designs. Your entryway will dazzle after you learn the pro's "secret 3 things" every container must have. Katie introduces you to new plants and improved varieties of your old favorites and mixes in some surprising plants you didn't expect to use!  *NOTE: This class contains archived instructor responses but no active instructor participation. It features student-led (rather than instructor-led) discussion only. If you have questions, one of the many experienced gardeners in your class surely will have the answer! 

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet instructor Katie Ketelsen as she shows you how to find interesting and unusual containers, fill them with the right plants for your growing conditions and care for them so they look wonderful without a lot of effort.


Lesson 2. Classic Container Design: Thriller, Filler, Spiller


Lesson 3. Color for Sun and Shade


Lesson 4. Surprising Plants for Containers


Lesson 5. Culinary Containers


Lesson 6. Containers for All Seasons


Lesson 7. Specialty Containers


Lesson 8. Low-Maintenance Container Gardens


Lesson 9. Water Gardens


Lesson 10. Gardening Vertically

I have no experience in gardening and always admire the hanging containers for summer at your local garden store, but the price is usually high. The "thriller, filler and spiller" is a catchy way to remember how to plant and have your container look awesome. I used this method in a container for inside the house and it has worked beautifully.
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