Container gardens are a great way to bring a pop of lovely color to any space without much work. Whether you don’t have the ground space available to grow flowers, or you just hate maintaining a large flowerbed, they’re perfect. Not all flowers are the right fit for container gardening, though. Some simply don’t grow tall enough and others just need more root space than containers allow.
Let’s start with a quick list of some great container flowers:
- Florists’ chrysanthemum
- Flowering kale & cabbage
- White cyclamen
- Johnny Jump-Up
Factors to Look For
These flowers and plants have several main factors in common: they’re very vibrant in color, they tend to be on the taller side, and they don’t require heavy pruning. These are the three key things that make some flowers better suited for container gardening than others. Height makes sure the flowers are visible over the lip on the container. Vibrant color makes sure they stand out against the container and don’t look like a boring mess. Plants that don’t require much pruning are especially essential.
You want to be able to plant more than one kind of flower in your container, but that’s not going to be possible if one plant keeps choking out others! Varying sizes, colors and heights of flowers will add great depth to your little garden. Just keep an eye out for plant types that won’t grow well in the same conditions. Never put full-sun flowers with part shade or full shade flowers! Half your flowers won’t be in ideal lighting to grow to their potential.
Filler Plants Are Great Too
Heuchera and Libertia are grass-type plants. They’re great “filler” plants that add neutral colors that tie all the colors you choose together. They might look great on their own, but remember they’re there to make your other flowers look good. Never forget that whatever flowers you pick, at the end of the day you have to love how they look!