If you’re looking for a way to dress up your backyard or porch without too much effort, consider container gardening. A lot of plants thrive in pots and hanging baskets, and they can easily add some much needed color to the outside of your home. There are many new varieties of plants available to buy which are perfect for the spring and summer. To help you decide which ones to get, here is a selection of the best container plants which are guaranteed to provide long lasting beauty.
Coral Bells Perennial, also known as heuchera, are naturally found in wooded areas, but also make a stunning addition to your backyard. These beautiful bell shaped blooms offer plenty of color, but their main feature is the foliage amongst the flowers. Coming in a rainbow of colors, ranging from light pink and peach to deep red and purple, the leaves are a very attractive sight. Long after the flowers have faded, the foliage continues to dazzle with its visually stunning colors throughout the growing season. All this plant needs is partial exposure to the sun to grow and they look great next to other perennial plants.
Begonias are a very versatile plant that is ideally suitable for growing in containers and hanging baskets. They are well known for their brightly colored flowers which range from white to red, and their attractive waxy bronze or green leaves. Begonias have a very long flowering season and continue to produce new blooms until frosted in Autumn, making them a favorite among gardeners. If you manage to bring the plants into your home before they are affected by the frost, the flowers will actually continue to bloom during winter. So you can get even more use out of them. Just make sure they receive partial exposure to the sun so they have the best chance of survival. Top varieties of begonias include Dragon Wing which produce red and pink flowers and Million Kisses which come in an assortment of colors including yellow, pink, cream and red.
Angelonias are very delicate looking but surprisingly easy to care for. You will find these heat loving plants often called summer snapdragons due to their flowers resembling the look of small spring snapdragons. Angelonias come in vibrant shades of pink, purple and blue as well as white, and look beautiful against a backdrop of glossy green foliage. Luckily there is no deadheading needed, as a continuous display of blooms is produced all season. Just place them in a location that is guaranteed to get plenty of sun so your plants can thrive.
Coleus has the most impressive foliage amongst container plants, as it comes in a huge range of colors, including cheerful yellow, deep luscious red and dark pink. It’s not only the colors that are impressive but the patterns too. Instead of just a solid color, expect to find leaves decorated with splashes, streaks, blotches and flecks of different shades. Depending on the variety of plant, you may need to keep it in the shade or in direct sunlight. Wizard series and Versa series are good in the sun, while ColorBlaze series is more suited to shade or only partial exposure to the sun.
Euphorbia Hypericfolia can withstand a variety of conditions including heat and drought, making it an ideal plant for many gardeners. With its light and airy combination of delicate soft white flowers with green wispy leaves it resembles a beautiful version of baby’s breath. If you’re not good at maintaining flowers but want to dress up your yard, these are an ideal species of flower. Euphorbia Hypericfolia don’t require watering, feeding or bedheading, and still manage to look lush all year round. They can grow in either the sun or shade, and still produce gorgeous results.
Nemesia offer soft dainty blooms in a variety of bright colors including pink, purple, yellow, orange, red and white. Many types are sweetly scented and can add a soft welcoming fragrance to your home, by being placed on your porch. Nemesia are a very versatile and tough plant which can survive most climates whether they are placed in baskets, pots and containers. They only need a little bit of watering and some sunlight to bloom, and can even flower in the winter, depending on the conditions.
Hydrangeas are popular garden shrubs, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be planted in containers. There are many dwarf varieties which only grow two or three feet tall, making them the most suitable for containers. Amongst the shrubs, delicate flowers in shades of white, pink and blue grow, but in the late summer they actually change color. Blue and pink flowers will fade and create combinations of green and either pink or red. While the clean and crisp white flowers turn into a vibrant pink. This is just a normal part of the aging process, but the transformation is a mesmerizing sight. Luckily any new flowers which bloom afterwards will be in the original color. Depending on what type of hydrangeas you choose you may need to have them in the shade or in the sun.
Pansies and Violas
Pansies and violas are a perfect choice for spring as they come in a dazzling range of single and multi-color blooms. These are very budget friendly flowers which prove to be cost effective, as they are able to withstand the elements and last through spring, fall and winter. You might even witness the flowers making a reappearance the following spring after surviving the first frost. Pansies and violas look great on their own if you want to create a solid burst of color. Alternatively, you can be selective and place a few in pots of tulips, tiger ferns or later-blooming plants to create a mixed plants display.