In the Garden: Making great container gardens

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Who is ready to have some fun with flowers? Charlie Nardozzi is showing us how to create the best looking container gardens.

Sharon Meyer: This is an exciting time of year. It's container planting time, which is great fun because they always look so perfect when you are done.

Charlie Nardozzi: Exactly, and there are like hundreds of different combinations out there, so how do you choose? Well, you can use ones that are pre-made, or you can make your own.

Sharon Meyer: Pre-made ones always look good.

Charlie Nardozzi: Yes they do. Let the pros do it. So the pre-made ones like the ones here -- like the petunias -- is really nice because they are all the same flower, but they are different colors. And that way the plants will grow at the same rate, but they still look very colorful.

Sharon Meyer: Very pretty.

Charlie Nardozzi: Or you can get a mix and match one, like this one with the petunias and the daisies. These are nice because they have a lot of variety, but..

Sharon Meyer: There are nice textures in there.

Charlie Nardozzi: Right, but one of the downsides is, sometimes one of the varieties takes over and by mid-summer you have one plant growing well.

Sharon Meyer: So can you pinch them off, and try to keep them the same?

Charlie Nardozzi: Yes, you can maintain them and pinch some. Maybe that will be another segment. And then we have shade containers like this one, and these are great because the foliage on the plants make it interesting even when they are not in bloom.

Sharon Meyer: Beautiful.

Charlie Nardozzi: So you can use the pre-made ones, or you can create your own. And the best way to do that is to bring your own container in. Put some empty containers in the bottom, and then just play around with it, and then just mix and match different ones, you know. Put a couple next to each other, see how they look, spin it around, look at it from different angles..

Sharon Meyer: You need that thriller in the middle.

Charlie Nardozzi: You want that thriller in the middle -- sure, you can put that in too. And the idea is you can get a little bit of an idea of what it will look like when you plant it.

Sharon Meyer: Before you commit.

Charlie Nardozzi: And that way, yes, you don't have to worry about committing to something and then it's like, "Oh, they don't work." So this way, you'll see what it looks like and then you'll go home, and create the perfect container.