The Tree of Life motief is a symbol from ancient times representing oneness with all living beings. Hints for creating a beautiful container garden Choose the right plant for your desired planter location. Sun loving plants: southeast or southern. Shade loving plants: north or eastern. Place tallest plant in center with shorter plants arranged in descending order of height. Use draping or cascading plants around the edges of the planter. Use a combination of foliage shapes, sizes, textures and colors. Routine care is extremely important: watering, pruning and feeding with a liquid fertilizer. Protect pots in winter by placing them in a garage or shed. Freezing water may cause cracking.