Lots of Container Gardening Options
For whatever reason, there seems to be an overabundance of books on container gardening. One of my favorites when I'm brainstorming, because of its great photos and ideas, is Malcolm Hillier's Container Gardening Through the Year (Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 1995), which is out of print but readily available. There are lots of suggestions for plant combinations, uses in the landscape, and things to use as containers.
The Complete Container Garden, by David Joyce (Reader's Digest Association, 2003; $19.95) is both gorgeous and practical, with over 500 color photos, a directory of more than 1,000 plants, and coverage of basic how-to information.
Tool or Gardening Product
One of the most widely available of the various water management polymer products, Soil Moist can make container plantings more beautiful than you've ever had before -- and with less work. You mix the granules with potting soil before planting. The manufacturer also makes disks and spikes that include fertilizer, as well as granule formulations that include slow-release fertilizer and mycorrhizae for improved growth. For further information and to find retail dealers, visit http://www.soilmost.com.