If you are like me, you can’t wait for the garden centres to open so that you can buy your new annuals and perennials for spring. Although I usually look forward to gardening season, this year, the season is more anticipated than ever since it will give us a chance to get outside into our backyards and focus on the outdoors instead of being cooped up indoors all day.
I have been keeping an eye on my local garden centre and they are setting up the fences and platforms so I imagine they should be open in about two weeks.
Although I love flower beds, I also love seeing container gardens, wih a variety of flowers and plants. I now have about six or seven ceramic pots in which I plant flowers and herbs and display them in a cluster on our patio.
If you are new to container gardening, here are a few things you should keep in mind when choosing flowers for your container garden.
Choose Flowers That Require Similar Sun Exposure
When you are planting three or four flower species in one container, make sure that they all require either full sun; partial sun and partial shade; or partial shade. If you place your container in a location that receives six hours of full sun and your container contains a flower that requires only a few hours of sun, that flower probably won’t survive.
- Zinnia, Geranium, Salvia, Dahlia, Verbena, Calendula, Alyssum, Petunia, African daisy, Heliotrope
Flowers That Grow in Partial Shade
- Impatiens, begonia, coleus, hosta, larkspur, fuchsia
Choose These Three Types of Flowers
Many container gardeners choose a thriller, filler and spiller flower to create a container with a lot of visual appeal.
These flowers are attention-seeking showstoppers…the Leos of the garden! They typically are taller, and have larger blooms and will be the centerpiece of your container.
Examples: Geranium, Dahlia, Hydrangea, Papyrus, Canna lily, Snapdragon
These flowers typically have smaller blooms and will fill out your container.
Examples: Salvia, Verbena, Begonia, African daisy, Gerbera daisy, Dwarf dahlia, Petunia
Spiller flowers do exactly as their name indicates: they spill over the edge of your container.
Examples: Creeping zinnia, Wave or Cascading petunia, Lobelia, Trailing begonia, Sweet Potato vine, Ivy geranium
Flower Colour Combinations for Containers
When choosing colour combinations for your container, you might want to keep in mind complementary colour combinations or primary colour combinations such as the following:
Blue and yellow
Red and yellow
Purple and orange
Deep purple, lilac and lime green
The following colour combinations also look great together:
Fuchsia, pink, lime green and dark green
Yellow, burgundy, purple and periwinkle blue
Pink, deep hot pink, orange and yellow-orange
Medium blue, light blue, yellow-orange and medium green
Red, purple, lilac and deep pink
Red, pink and white
I hope you now have a better idea about how to choose flowers for your container garden.
You might be interested in reading, “Best Flowers, Shrubs and Vegetables for Your East Facing Garden“.