Matt Irvin's shade combo with Coleus Gays Delight, salmon Impatiens and English Ivy.
Container gardening allows you to add color, texture and culinary delight to your backyard or balcony with little maintenance.
It can even stretch your growing season.
"Containers allow you to have plant material in areas where you cannot plant in the ground, such as patios, decks or urban settings," says Matt Irvin, vice president of nursery and retail operations for Salsbery Brothers Landscaping.
"It also allows you to grow plants such as cacti, succulents and acid-loving plants that may not be well suited to the soil in your garden and landscape beds," he
To maximize rewards from your garden, make sure to select the right plants, Irvin
"Consider the size, habit, growth rate, sun/shade requirements and water requirements when choosing plants to group together in a container," he
suggests talking to experts about plant requirements to get the beauty and bounty you desire while considering the level of effort and time you want to commit to maintaining your container gardens.