Container gardens are a fun and easy way to show off your gardening skills. You can spruce up any porch, yard, patio or balcony using colorful, low maintenance plants.

Try these plants from the Sunset Western Garden Collection:

1. Black Adder Phormium: the dark burgundy foliage on this evergreen perennial holds its color and size. Use Black Adder as a background plant in your container garden to add contrast and texture.

For more great container ideas using Black Adder Phormium, click here.

2. ‘Silver Shadow' Compact Astelia has bold strappy silver foliage that adds height to container gardens and succulent plantings. This evergreen, clumping perennial contrasts well with darker leafed Phormium and Loropetalums.

For more examples of Silver Shadow in a container garden, click here.

3. Purple Pixie® Dwarf Weeping Loropetalum adds vibrant color spilling over containers and hanging baskets.

4. Chef's Choice® Rosemary, with a compact, mounding habit, is the Rosemary of choice for container, herb and kitchen gardens. Plant with your other favorite herbs and enjoy fresh flavor right from your own home!

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