With more people gardening and trying to utilize as many sunny spaces as possible, container gardens are growing in popularity year after year. In this tip, we’ll cover some of our planting combinations we’ve done in the past and why we like them. In other tips, we’ll cover other aspects of container gardening such as choosing the right container, plant design, and more. Here are some of our sample planting suggestions:

1. Tomatoes and Basil
This is a classic combination of two companion plants. We like using purple basil to offset the green of the tomatoes. Try to give the basil as much space as possible so it doesn’t get shaded out by the tomatoes towards the end of the season.

2. Chili Peppers and Alyssum
The alyssum is a great plant for attracting pollinator insects to your garden with showy, miniature flowers that bloom all summer long. Its low growth habit allows the peppers to fill in the rest of the vertical space.

3. Eggplant and Thyme
This is a similar idea to the peppers and alyssum, pairing up a low growing plant with a taller fruiting plant.

5. Mixed Herbs
Choose a few of your favourite varieties and plant according to your heart’s content. For taller plants, think of things like lemon grass or lemon verbena. For medium sized plants, think of basil, rosemary, and mint. For low lying plants, think of thyme and summer savory.

These are just a few of our suggestions. We’re always trying new things each year, so look for future tips with more container gardening ideas.

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