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[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hi, I'm Rebecca Reed, associate garden editor at Southern Living. If you want color fast, plant a container. There's no easier way to spruce up your front porch, patio or deck, than with a pot brimming with flowers. [MUSIC] Beautiful urns likes these can be yours. But before you choose the plants you need to think about the pot. Any container will do as long as it has drainage holes in the bottom. If there are none, drill one or two in the bottom using a masonry bit. There are as many containers to choose from as there are plants to put in them. The gam mot runs from candy hue glazes to tried and true carocotta. Start by pulling cues from your architecture. The pedestal shape is always nice by the front door. Another trick is to match the color of your pot with the surface it sits on. If you need something for the deck, opt for an ultra-light fiberglass pot. Finishes and shapes have greatly improved over the past few years And these pots stand up to weather better than ever. [MUSIC] Now soil is important too. Use a potting soil manufactured specifically for containers. It will say for containers on the label. Better than garden soil, potting soil accepts moisture evenly, drains readily And is lighter in weight. Some even come with fertilizer mixed in. [MUSIC] The easiest is plot and drop. When you're in a hurry for big color fast, simply transplant a hanging basket into a container. Just make sure your pot is bigger than the basket. If you want to mix things up a bit, you can plant a container that's as pretty as a bouquet by combining a variety of plants. The key is to pick plants that like the same light and moisture conditions. [MUSIC] Start by placing your tallest plants first. These are often referred to as the thrillers. Next add the mid sized plants, the fillers. Finish with cascading forms or plants that will hang over the edge of your pot. These are called the spillers. This technique works for hanging baskets too. [MUSIC] Keep your container looking great by watering when the soil is dry to the touch feed it every other week with half strength water soluble fertilizer such as 20, 20, 20. To encourage new flowers remove dead blooms. Container gardening is one of the easiest ways to bring color to your home and garden. To find more gardening tips and ideas, pick up a copy of Southern Living magazine and visit southernliving.com.