Stunning container arrangements

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). --JESSICA DAMIANO/jessica.damiano@newsday.com

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