Practical and beautiful, container gardens provide a great means of self-expression. You can choose from a multitude of colors, shapes, and fragrances.
However, some flowers perform better in confined spaces than others. For the most attractive and healthy container garden, try some of the following.
These flowers are perfect for containers because they are low maintenance. They bloom in spring, summer, and fall and can take partial sun, full sunlight or shade. Use them to fill empty spaces or as solo pieces in hanging baskets.
These late season flowers make bright additions to a fall garden and come in two types (hardy for cool temperatures and florist for mild temperatures and greater care). They bloom in orange, pink, red, blue and white.
Usually a spring flower (some species also bloom in fall), daffodils are resilient and last for three years when given proper care. They brighten up any garden with their yellow and white colors and sweet scent.
Bright and self-performing, these dangling bulbs often attract hummingbirds. Although they require frequent watering and fertilization, the effort is worth it to see them overflow in their deep pink color. Take them inside when it’s too hot or cold, and they’ll still thrive.
If you prefer a strong, fragrant breeze, plant some gardenias. They’re best known for strong scents and dark, evergreen leaves. The flower always blooms in white, making it a neutral addition to any container.
This popular spring flower has an intoxicating scent and an intense bloom. They’re considered staples for a spring garden and return naturally, but their size may decrease each year.
There is a reason why people use lavender in many lotions, soaps, and bath salts. The fragrance is therapeutic, inducing sleep and relaxation. The flowers actually enjoy growing in tight spaces, making them great for containers.
You can grow these in containers or along supports after they reach six inches in height. They’ll intertwine themselves along the support like a vine or spill over hanging baskets. Cut them back when they spread too far, or wait for frost to take effect before removing them.
They continuously bloom through early spring to fall, enduring chilly temperatures and performing best in balcony gardens without too much sun. It’s easy to grow primrose, and if properly cared for, they’ll multiply every year.
If you desire warmer colors and less green, plant snapdragons in your containers. They grow tall and bright, adding height to your garden among the low flowers, and they do well in cool weather.
A drive in the country might reveal fields upon fields of the tall flowers, but don’t be deterred. You can also grow them in small pots, and they’ll eventually provide a tasty snack when they dry out and leave seeds behind. Make it easier on the sun-loving plants by growing them in full light.
Classic spring flowers available in many colors, these are the ones you can cut for home display. These tough plants survive freezing temperatures and produce new bulbs for the next generation even as they’re blossoming.
One Extra Tip: Mix It Up
For some texture and height in your container garden, combine your flowers with other plants like ivy, grass, or ferns. Think of them as the backdrop but longer-lasting and easier to manage.
Do keep in mind that while these flowers are excellent choices for container gardens, that doesn’t mean that you can plant them and forget about them. Container gardens are notorious for being low-maintenance, but they will still require standard care to ensure both that the moisture and soil quality are of an appropriate level.
Your flowers must be sufficiently watered but not so much that roots begin to rot or soil becomes covered in algae. If you have chronic concerns about your soil quality, stemming from a significant lack of growth, consider doing a pH test of your soil. If you find that it is significantly low, the addition of sulfur could be beneficial. Similarly, if the pH is too high your garden could benefit from the addition of lime to restore it to a more neutral level.
Keep these tips in mind and you will have a beautiful, flowering container garden year-round.