The Magic Number of Plants For Tropical Container Gardens

How many plants you use makes a surprising difference in the mood your container garden creates.

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Proven Winners

Summertime means tropical plants, even for gardeners who have snow in the winter. Tropical container gardens in the sun announce that it's not horticultural-business-as-usual.

Changing out your tropical containers every year is a great opportunity to express yourself, or highlight new features of your house or garden by repeating their colors. The number of plants you use makes a surprising difference in the mood your container garden creates.

Design rules favor odd-number groupings, but a mass of one plant can be bold, not boring. What about even numbers in containers? Dramatic or dull?

Come to the photo gallery and take a look at Proven Winners' tropical container gardens ranging from simple to elaborate, in odd and even numbers. Which do you respond to?

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Charlotte Germane dishes the dirt on gardening in newsletters, radio shows, newspapers, and blogs. Follow her on Twitter to get the latest trowel-full of news. She live-blogged the Royal Wedding for The Morton Report and has series of royalty columns here.

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