**1.** Containers should be treated as a form of garden art so **invest in attractive ones**.
**2.** **Choose plants based on the container’s location**—is it sunny, shady, windy?—and combine plants that require similar growing conditions. Also, be honest about the type of gardener you are. If you lead a busy life, don’t choose high-maintenance plants.
**3.** Container gardens can and **should reflect every season**, including winter.
**4.** **Remove spent bulbs** from containers and plant them in the garden. Replace them with perennials, seasonal annuals and tropical plants.
**5.** Try using a set of containers—that is, **assorted sizes of the same pot style and colour**. Fill them with similar plants to create colour echoes and then group or move around individually to provide repetition and unity in the garden.
**6.** **Add fragrance with herbs** such as thyme, rosemary and lavender. Parsley and sage are sufficiently cold-tolerant to provide interest well into fall.
**7.** **Don’t forget finishing touches.** Use moss or pea gravel to cover any exposed soil.
**8.** If you use an insert in your container, **make sure it is completely concealed**.