Monday, April 25, 2016

Container Theme Gardens: 42 Combinations Each Using 5 Perfectly Matched Plants by Nancy J. Ondra

Do you hate to weed and mulch? Do you have little to no space for a garden and a limited budget for buying plants? Container gardening is a wonderful way to create a colorful, economical, and easy to maintain garden in one spot. Container Theme Gardens: 42 Combinations Each Using 5 Perfectly Matched Plants by Nancy J. Ondra will motivate and inspire you to make a cheery container garden guaranteed to please.

The chapters are divided by color, seasons, locations, flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies, edibles, special themes, and suggestions for plantings by the type of container. Photos are included of the five suggested plants, including alternates, and the finished product for each of the themes. Included is a step-by-step guide to container planting and tidbits, tips, and tricks. The dimensions of the containers are listed as is the light and setting that is required for the different plants.

Visually this is a beautiful book. There are so many eye-catching combinations pictured throughout
that make it easy to select one and go for it. So what are you waiting for? This is the perfect time of the year to pick a container, a color scheme, five suggested plants and/or flowers, the perfect spot to put it in, and voila--instant garden to enjoy all summer!

Nancy Ondra has authored many other fine gardening books that may be found at the Virginia Beach Public Library such as Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants.

Reviewed by Joan L.

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