The best flowers for pots can be found in the “annual” or “bedding plants” section of the garden center.
While they only live one summer, they’ll bloom the entire season. Other flowering plants (such as perennials, bulbs and shrubs) may bloom beautifully right now, but the flowers will be gone in a few weeks.
Read the labels to be sure your chosen spot offers the right light and temperature conditions for the plants.
Some popular container plants include:
- African daisies
- Gerbera daisies
- Perennials (ivy, coreopsis, or grasses)
- Sweet potato vine
Here are some ideas for designing your container:
- Single Accent: Fill a container with the same type of flower for a bright pop of solid color. A pot full of red geraniums is always a cheerful option for a sunny spot, or pink impatiens for a shady porch, or trailing petunias flowing out of a hanging basket.
Another option is to choose just one large plant, such as Boston fern or tropical hibiscus, for a more formal look.
Larger plants often come pre-planted and ready to enjoy.
- Multicolor: You can also put several different varieties and colors of the same flower in the pot. This gives you more color while keeping a fairly uniform shape and texture.
Some plants (such as zinnias, portulaca, impatiens and petunias) even come packaged as a “mix,” with a variety of different colors in the same tray.
Be sure you can tell which colors you’re getting, so you can distribute them evenly in the container.
- Mixed: If you’re feeling more adventurous, try a mixed container. A well-planned mixed container has varieties of height and color.
If you’ve never put together a mixed planter, you can’t go wrong with this basic formula: tall plants for height, bushy ones for width, and trailing plants that spill over the edges.
Most annual flowers can be planted together in the same pot, so be creative! Choose colors and textures you like that complement each other.