Colorful Container Design | Cold Hardy Plants: P. Allen Smith (2020)

Colorful Container Design | Cold Hardy Plants: P. Allen Smith (2020)

In this episode, Garden Home Host P. Allen Smith is getting ready for an early season garden show by preparing a colorful cold hardy container featuring Wallflowers.

Container Design
Color Coordinating Planters
How to plant in a Container
Planting Wallflowers in a Container
Planting Pansies in a Container
Planting Vegetables in Containers
Planting Flowers and Vegetables together
Cool Weather Container Design

“Plants in containers are less cold hardy than those planted in the ground because the roots are not insulated as well. For the best results choose plants that are suitable for regions that are at least two zones colder than your own.” ~ P. Allen Smith


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  1. Anna Brocein on August 9, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Container plants for apartment balconies, shade? Any thoughts for beginners? Thanks.

  2. Beverly Hughes on August 9, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I call the Viola’s Johnny Jump Ups

  3. Michele BUSHNIK on August 9, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Looking so lovely! I’m going to try this !

  4. Margaret Norton on August 9, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Allen, I just discovered your channel a couple of months ago. I haven’t had television or home internet for well over a decade, and I am enjoying catching up on all the programs I’ve missed. I love these shows! All gardening all the time. I hope you keep producing these for a long time to come.

  5. Jane Woodhouse on August 9, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Container designs are the way to go this time of the year. It helps get over the withdrawal of gardening. I have 3 pots on my front porch and I look at them every day. So anxious to dig in the dirt and get my hands dirty. Thanks for showing the beautiful containers.

  6. Nancy Wright on August 9, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Great ideas ❤️

  7. Delfina Anaya on August 9, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for info. Thinking about adding cilantro. Would it be a thriller or spiller?

  8. Asmaa Jouda on August 9, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    You’re so talented…big love from marrakech❤

  9. Michele Yates on August 9, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Your containers will be lovely for the show. Thank you for the inspiration to get something going early in the season. Loved the "give me a break " phrase regarding those claiming that they can’t style a container or even plant one. We all need a reality check from time to time.

  10. Amy Jones on August 9, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Stock flowers can take cold weather and smell lovely too.

  11. Rubidia Umanzor on August 9, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    You’re great and I’ve enjoyed watching your videos. 2019 has been my first year gardening and your videos have been lovely.

  12. Jill Pohren on August 9, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    OMG – I always look to you Allen for container ideas (I have your 2005 container recipe book). This demonstration is perfect! It’s April now and I’m sure these containers in the video are in full glory – I hope you’ll share the results with us! This channel and your work are so comforting at this scary time, thank you for letting us see the beautiful gardens you create.

  13. linda parker on August 9, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Thank for the tutorial ! Beautiful !

  14. Green Thumbelina on August 9, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    I love those large terra cotta containers. The idea of grouping three together to form a triangle, then setting a planter on top to make one tall arrangement, is brilliant! Allen, thanks for that idea! Have you ever used Dinosaur Kale in your floral arrangements? I’m just curious.

  15. Grateful Deb on August 9, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Splendid! ☀️

  16. e hd on August 9, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Gorgeous! I am so going to steal these ideas! Ha-ha! I’ll get all the credit!