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07/15/2012 01:12 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Designing A Gorgeous Container Garden Is Easy

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I thought I was pretty clever when I came up with a successful formula for a plant combination in a pot. I’d make my plant selections using an “uppy,” a “downy” and a “bulky.” The uppy for height. The downy to cascade over the rim of the container. And the bulky to fill up the rest of the space (usually something inexpensive and fast growing to keep the cost down). Well, as it turns out, I’m not as clever as I once thought myself to be. I recently ran across my formula — and with a catchier catch phrase to boot! Sheesh.

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