container gardens
06
May

Plants for Container Gardens

Choosing Plants for Container Gardens

Container gardens are versatile–you can grow any plant from bedding to shrubs, fruits, vegetables and even small trees! Using a mixture of trailing plants and upright plants makes an attractive arrangement which spills from the pots, planters, urns or hanging baskets; although for a bold statement try growing a single plant on its own (architectural plants work well for this – see below for good examples of architectural plants for containers). Good climbing plants for containers include climbing roses, clematis and sweet peas.

Container plants are also great for ‘plunging’ into your borders to give instant impact. This is particularly useful when a spring-flowering plant has died down and left a gap in your border. Sinking containers into the soil is also a useful method for controlling the spread of invasive plants like mint, bamboo and horseradish. The container acts as a barrier, preventing the roots from spreading into the soil. If you enjoy tender plants which need to be overwintered in frost-free conditions, containers are the ideal solution for temporarily planting these into your borders throughout the summer. They can then be easily lifted for over-wintering.

Annual Plants for Container Gardens and Hanging Baskets:

Name

Colour

Description

Height

Exposure

Anagallis

blue, pink vigorous vine for mixed baskets trails full sun

Angelonia

various compact, fast growing, upright 18″ full sun to part shade

Argyranthemum

Cobbitty Daisy

pink, white, yellow hybrid marguerite daisy 10-24″ full sun

Asparagus Fern

green fine, needle-like leaves trails part shade

Bacopa

white, mauve vigorous trailer with small white flowers trails full sun to part shade

Bidens

yellow small daisy-like flowers 10-14″ full sun

Brachycome

purple bright daisies with lacy foliage trails full sun

Calceolaria

yellow bright, pocket-book flowers on an upright plant 10-12″ part shade

Calibrachoa

Million Bells

various small trailing petunias that don’t need deadheading trails full sun to part shade

Campanula

blue, white hardy, branching plant with bell-shaped flowers trails full sun

Carnation

pink, white, red fragrant, semi-upright to upright plant 18″ full sun

Coleus

various Compact and colourful 8-12″ full sun to part shade

Convolvulus sabatius

Morning Glory

Lavender blue flowers contrast nicely with dark green foliage 8”
Trails
full sun to part shade

Creeping Charlie

blue vine with scalloped green and white foliage trails full sun to part shade

Creeping Jenny

yellow dark green, glossy leaves with yellow flowers trails full sun to part shade

Cuphea

Mexican Heather

purple very small, glossy leaves and small purple flowers 10-12″ full sun

Dahlberg Daisy

yellow feathery foliage with bright daisies trails full sun

Dahlia

yellow, red, pink and white compact brightly coloured flowers 8-10″ full sun to part shade

Diascia

various small delicate flowers on dainty foliage 12-16″ full sun to part shade

Dracaena

green tall, stiff spikes of leaves 36″ full sun to part shade

English Ivy

green, variegated green or variegated vines with many different leaf shapes trails part shade

Euphorbia

white dark green foliage with dainty white flowers 12-18″ full sun to part shade

Fuchsia

various single or double blooms on upright or trailing plants 30″ /trailing part to full shade

Gazania

various green or silver leaves with large daisy-like flowers trails full sun

German Ivy

green dark green, glossy leaves—similar to holly trails full sun to part shade

Gypsophila

white delicate leaves with white flowers 20″ full sun to part shade

Helichrysum

Licorice Plant

Silver lush trailing plant with silver foliage trails full sun to part shade

Heliotrope

dark purple dark green leaves with fragrant flowers 14″ full sun

Ice Plant

various succulent leaves with bright daisy-like flowers trails full sun

Ipomoea

Sweet Potato Vine

white, pink a vigorous vine with ornamental folaige trails full sun to part shade

Lamiastrum

yellow aggressive, variegated trailer trails part shade

Lamium

white, pink variegated leaves with pink or white flowers trails part shade

Lantana

orange, yellow green or variegated foliage with clusters of small flowers 12-18″ full sun

Laurentia

blue lacy foliage with small, star-shaped flowers trails full sun to part shade

Licorice Plant

white grey, fuzzy leaves, nice contrast plant trails full sun to part shade

Lobelia

various Trailing or upright flowering plant with fine textured foliage trails/upright full to part shade

Lotus Vine

orange, yellow, red silvery, needle-like leaves trails full sun to part shade

Lysimachia

yellow Small yellow flowers with trailing dark green foliage trails full sun to part shade

Marguerite Daisy

blue, white, pink, yellow floriferous annual daisy 24″ full sun

Marigold – Tagetes

orange, yellow, red lacy, aromatic foliage 10-12″ full sun

Mimulus

Various dark green foliage with bright flowers trails part shade

Muehlenbeckia

dark green tiny emerald green leaves trails full sun to part shade

Nasturtium

various rounded green leaves with bright flowers trails full sun

Nemesia

various semi-trailing, snapdragon-like flowers 10-16″ full sun to part shade

New Guinea

Impatiens

various vigorous upright plants with large flowers 8-12″ part shade to full shade

Nierembergia

blue, white delicate, cup-shaped flowers on a trailing plant trails full sun to part shade

Osteospermum

various a beautiful daisy with fine textured foliage 8-24″ full sun

Oxalis

burgundy delicate burgundy coloured leaves, pink blushed flowers 12″ part shade to full shade

Petunia

various abundant flowers on
mounding growth
6-10″ full sun

Plectranthus

green soft foliage, excellent filler 12″ full sun to part shade

Purslane

Portulaca

various succulent leaves and bright flowers trailing full sun

Sanvitalia

yellow mounding plant with tiny bright yellow flowers 6-8″ full sun

Scaevola

blue, white bushy plant with blue, fan-shaped flowers trails full sun

Schizanthus

various ferny foliage with dense   clusters of bright flowers 10-12″ full sun

Snapdragon

various dark green leaves with spikes of two-lipped flowers trails full sun

Strawflower

pink, yellow everlasting, papery flower 12-14″ full sun

Strobilanthes

Persian Shield

purple variegated purple-pink foliage 18-24″ full sun to part shade

Supertunia

various trailing petunia, slightly larger flower then Surfinia trails full sun

Surfinia

various trailing petunia, does not require deadheading trails full sun

Swedish Ivy

white, mauve easy to grow vine with scalloped leaves trails part to full shade

Sweet Pea

various sweet smelling flowers trails full sun

Thunbergia

Black-eyed Susan

orange, yellow heart-shaped leaves with bright flowers trails part shade

Torenia

blue, pink, yellow trailing plant that will root where ever it touches the soil trails part shade

Verbena

various ferny foliage with clusters of bright flowers trails full sun

Vinca Vine

blue, white green and white variegated, glossy leaves trails full sun to part shade

 

Add Tropical Plants to your Seasonal Pots

Tropicals transform your patio into a colorful outdoor living room with pots of flowering tropical plants. Available in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes, tropical plants are perfect for adding drama to the deck, patio, or balcony. You can leave them outdoors and treat them like annuals, or if you have lots of light in your home, keep them over winter as houseplants to be used outdoors again next late spring. For a stunning accent, grow one tropical flower per large container, and add colorful annual flowers around the base.

Some of our favorite tropicals for seasonal pots, planters and urns include:

Hibiscus

hibiscus

Mandevilla

Canna Lily

canna lily

Bourgenvilla

container gardens with bourgenvilla to add height

Jasmine

jasmine

Banana Plant

banana plant adds height in container gardens