Big Pot of Basil with Color

Sweet basil is less expensive to grow than to buy at the grocery. When planted in a large pot, one plant will grow tall and produce all season until frost. Just keep blooms pinched back to promote more foliage.

Pamela Crawford chose this blue glazed pot measuring 19 inches wide, 12 inches tall, and surrounded the basil with colorful flowers and herbs. Plant the basil in the center back, the begonias in front, and sage around the edge. Fill in the middle with coleus and celosia.

Plant in full sun or light shade in good quality potting mix. Water thoroughly if the planting shows any side of wilt—generally, every day in summer and every other day in cooler weather. Fertilize when planting with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.

Garden author and self-proclaimed former "black thumb," Pamela Crawford helps make container gardening easy. This container project is from Pamela's latest book, Easy Container Combos: Herbs & Flowers, released in March 2011 by Color Garden Publishing. Visit Pamela at www.easygardencolor.com.