Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
If you love container gardening, Pots in the Garden, by Ray Rogers and Richard W. Hartlage (Timber Press, 2007) is the book for you. Ray Rogers is a master of combining colors and textures to create magnificent container plantings. The book is illustrated with enough lush color photographs to excite even non gardeners into trying their hand. There is a plant list that provides suggestions for trailing plants, perennials, annuals, succulents, tropicals, bulbs, and even trees and shrubs. Rogers' expertise is in design and he is generous with his secrets. I found the section on selecting a container very helpful. He even uses empty and broken pots in the landscape to add interest and drama.
Clever Gardening Technique
Don't Cry Over Broken Pots!
Break a large pot? No worries, you can use it as a feature in your garden. Lay the largest section of the broken pot on its side and surround with soil. Plant vining or creeping plants around the perimeter giving the illusion of antiquity. A dark, cave-like environment such as the inside of a broken pot provides homes for toads, voracious consumers of all bad bugs in the garden.