Container gardening is one of the easiest ways to begin making your garden, porch and home something spectacular. You can add some color to otherwise monochromatic surroundings, do a makeover on home curb appeal and deal with poor soil quality in your yard. The most important things to remember is that your containers need drainage, so as to not flood your plants. And some knowledge of the plant itself is helpful. You can ask at your local nursery about the specific needs for sun or shadow and how much water too.
Petunias and Marigolds are just about the most common potted plant ideas for gardens, but what about some of these other terrific specimens? These gorgeous plants will flourish all year round in their containers. Here are some perfect ideas for sprucing up your garden for the summer months.
Coral Bells, also called the Heuchera, is a perennial with effervescent little flowers that bubble over a round ball of foliage right when the summer is beginning. Flowers from this beautiful plant can come in a variety of colors ranging from light pink to deep red and burgundy. This is a favorite among many gardeners for its penchant for pots and containers. Potting the Choral Bells is the best idea if you happen to be dealing with uninvited vermin.
The Begonia is a versatile beauty that has a hardy leaf and plant with an especially ostentatious blossom. The showy blossom clusters can range in colors from brilliant white to sunset orange. The Begonia does very well in containers, but not well with too much water. Be sure to keep the soil slightly on the dry side. Hanging baskets are a good home for the begonia.
The Angelonia is delicate but thrives in the heat of summer and is aptly called the “Summer Snapdragon”. You won’t need to clip off some blossoms to keep the plant budding all summer long, this is called “deadheading”. You will find the Angelonia in pinks, purples, mauves, blues and whites, but the violet variety is the most sublime. Mix these with trailing herbs for perfect match.
The Coleus has exploded with brilliance in the past few years and become one of the most popular blooms in many American gardens. Not only is it resistant to drought, but it can be found in trailing, mounding and upright varieties. Its bright foliage also comes in more colors than the rainbow. A huge advantage of these attractive flowers is their capacity to attract pollinators like butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds if you are in the right location.
This plant has just come in from the desert and hasn’t gotten much exposure to the gardening community, but it’s catching on as one of the best potted plant ideas for gardens. The attractive plant may seem frilly and frivolous, but it’s also tough as nails and used to the arid heat of the desert. Its light wispy leaves and baby breath like blossoms add an air of delicacy to potted combinations.