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Supertunia Royal Velvet (recipe courtesy Proven Winners): With (Credit: Proven Winners)

Supertunia Royal Velvet (recipe courtesy Proven Winners): With Diamond Frost Euphorbia, Superbena Large Lilac Blue. (Plants available at Atlantic Nursery in Freeport, Prianti Farms in Dix Hills, Martin Viette Nursery in East Norwich, Dodds & Eder in Oyster Bay, White Post Farms in Melville, F&W Schmitt Brothers in Melville.)

Planting containers for indoors and outdoors

This is the time of year when we find ourselves strolling nursery aisles, gawking at their beautiful pre-planted containers and deciding whether to buy them or create our own. Professionals put a lot of thought into their container ingredients, carefully considering simultaneous bloom times, mature sizes and aesthetic appeal. You should, too, if you decide to venture out on your own. Here are five of my favorite container recipes to look for this year, regardless of who's doing the planting (all are suitable for sunny sites).

Supertunia Bermuda Beach

Supertunia Bermuda Beach (recipe courtesy Proven Winners): With
(Credit: Proven Winners)

Supertunia Bermuda Beach (recipe courtesy Proven Winners): With Superbells Yellow Chiffon, Laguna Sky Blue. (Plants available at Atlantic Nursery in Freeport, Prianti Farms in Dix Hills, Martin Viette Nursery in East Norwich, Dodds & Eder in Oyster Bay, White Post Farms in Melville, F&W Schmitt Brothers in Melville.)

Supertunia Royal Velvet

Supertunia Royal Velvet (recipe courtesy Proven Winners): With
(Credit: Proven Winners)

Supertunia Royal Velvet (recipe courtesy Proven Winners): With Diamond Frost Euphorbia, Superbena Large Lilac Blue. (Plants available at Atlantic Nursery in Freeport, Prianti Farms in Dix Hills, Martin Viette Nursery in East Norwich, Dodds & Eder in Oyster Bay, White Post Farms in Melville, F&W Schmitt Brothers in Melville.)

Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross (recipe courtesy Ball Horticultural): With Petunia
(Credit: Handout)

Betsy Ross (recipe courtesy Ball Horticultural): With Petunia Suncatcher Midnight Blue, Petunia Suncatcher Red, Petunia Suncatcher White. (Plants available at Home Depot stores.)

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You're So Fresh

You're So Fresh (recipe courtesy Ball Horticultural): With
(Credit: Handout)

You're So Fresh (recipe courtesy Ball Horticultural): With Osteopermum Voltage Yellow, Diascia Romeo White, Lobelia Waterfall Blue. (Plants available at Home Depot stores.)

Tropical Punch

Tropical Punch (recipe courtesy Ball Horticultural): With Calibrachoa
(Credit: Handout)

Tropical Punch (recipe courtesy Ball Horticultural): With Calibrachoa Cabaret Cherry Rose Improved, Calibrachoa Cabaret Purple, Calibrachoa Can-Can Orange. (Plants available at Home Depot stores.)

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