Growing flowers in pots is a great idea for several reasons, but you will want to be sure to select flowers that are best suited for growing in pots for the most success. Flowering plants grown in containers can be placed on patios, decks, and front porches to tie outside to inside. Container gardening also gives you the option of growing beautiful flowers in areas where the soil quality or pH is less than ideal. Containers also add height, so a low-growing plant can be raised to new levels of interest. Some plants are better suited to containers than others. Here are some of the best flowers for growing in pots.
Annuals are commonly used in container gardening because of their generally shallow root systems and long lasting bloom seasons. For sunny areas, try marigolds or zinnias for pots, sweet alyssum or nasturtium for window boxes, and petunias for hanging baskets. Fragrant sweet peas and black-eyed susan vine are both annual vines that can be grown in pots as long as there is some support around which they can twine. For shadier locations, try lobelia or impatiens.
Perennials that are drought tolerant and have long bloom seasons are good candidates for planting in pots, as long as the container is large enough to accommodate their roots. For sunny spots, try lavender, yarrow, coreopsis, salvia, or coneflower. Astilbe is fragrant, shade tolerant, and has finely cut foliage that’s interesting even when it’s not blooming. Hellebore’s drought tolerant qualities make it a good choice for a shady container, and the added height will make it easier to appreciate its nodding blooms. Invasive flowering plants like lily of the valley or white bishop’s lace can be safely grown in pots without risk of their aggressively spreading roots taking over.
If you have a large enough container, there’s no reason you can’t grow flowering shrubs in pots. Especially in cases like hydrangea and camellia, whose flowers are so dependent on soil pH, growing these shrubs in containers gives you total control over acidity and alkalinity. Roses are also good candidates for growing in pots, especially those that are not very cold-hardy. Once temperatures drop, containers can be moved to a sheltered location.
There are a variety of annuals, perennials and shrubs that will grow successfully in pots, which will give you endless options for designing your garden and adorning your patio.