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Location, Location, Location

Container gardening isn't just about which plants will look great in a given pot. Thoughtful placement of a container can play an equally significant role in the look of your yard. Robert Welsch, owner of Westover Landscape Design, in Tarrytown, New York, suggests thinking about pots as visual punctuation. "You can place one at the end of a path to lead your eye through the garden or to signal a change in direction on a walkway," he says.

Keep in mind that containers are elevated and plants dry out more quickly than those in the ground. Here's how to get them the water and nutrients they need:

• Place pots near a hose or water source so that you don't have to lug around watering cans, or place them near an automatic watering system.

• Pots should be placed where they'll thrive. Put moisture-loving ones in shadier spots and drought-tolerant species in hot, sunny places.

• Supplement nutrients with a time-release pellet fertilizer, or douse pots with diluted fish emulsion once or twice before midsummer.
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