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Online Class

How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips & Techniques

by The Great Courses

Bring joy to any space, with simple techniques for unforgettable container gardens featuring perennials, annuals, grasses, vegetables, fruits and even trees.

What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom


Growing your own plants in containers is the perfect way to liven up a living space without much of the hassle associated with traditional gardening. Join horticulture expert Melinda Myers and find out how to plant anything in a container that you would in an in-ground garden, including perennials, annuals, grasses, vegetables, fruits and even trees. First, discover one of the keys to designing a powerful container garden: the "thriller, spiller, filler" method. And, get creative solutions for everyday gardening challenges, including color balance, climate restrictions, privacy with neighbors and pest control. Plus, get her insider tricks for enjoying your plants all year long. Finally, learn how to make eye-catching theme gardens, such as a tropical paradise, a miniature "fairy" garden and a winter garden perfect for holiday parties.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Designs in a Pot: Thrillers, Spillers, Fillers
Get started creating your own wonderful container gardens. Begin with a detailed look at the varieties of containers out there, from improved plastics and concrete to self-watering, and learn how to find the right soil mix -- or even make your own. Then, discover one of the keys to designing a powerful container garden -- the "thriller, spiller, filler" method -- and learn the right way to design, with vibrant examples of plant and flower combinations.
2. Create a New Space: Edibles & Ornamentals
3. Unusual Pots, Vertical Spaces, Shade Design
4. Grasses to Trees: Big Plants in Containers
5. Outdoor Living Areas & Special Features
6. Cool-Season Changes & Indoor Gardens

Taught by

Melinda Myers - Instructor
Melinda Myers - Instructor
Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience. She has authored more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening (Can't Miss series) and Birds & Blooms' Ultimate Gardening Guide, and she is a columnist for Birds & Blooms magazine. She has also hosted The Plant Doctor radio program, seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS and the nationally syndicated YardWorks.