For most people, the question of what kind of flowers grow well in pots becomes a mystery. It’s hard to visualize what it is like to actually have a flower garden. There are so many different types of plants that grow well in pots, and they have such an overwhelming variety of colors, textures and heights. It’s hard to pick one and say “I like this in my flower garden”. But there are some things you can look for that will help you make your decision.
One thing that is good to know when you’re considering growing anything at all in a container is how much sun or water your plants will need. You also need to decide whether or not your garden will have mildew or fungus problems. This is a big factor in how much you care for your plants and how they grow. Some flowers require a lot of sun to thrive, while other plants are fine in a shade. Most perennials like Hostas and Stocks do well in both. On the flip side, some annuals like Junipers and Pistachios only need a little bit of shade.
Another question to ask yourself before starting your flower garden is how fast you want your plants to grow. Do you plan on planting in a couple of years or will you be harvesting all of your plants soon after the season ends? Do you like a slower paced pace where your plants grow slowly or do you want things to move quickly? These are important things to consider when deciding what kind of plants to plant in pots.
On your next trip to the garden center, go over the plant selection and narrow down what you like. Make sure all the flowers are going to fit in their containers and that each variety is suitable for the climate you’re planting them in. Pots for plants like Hostas should be kept in areas that are not too cold or that have very warm summers. They don’t like to be out in the colder months so plan accordingly. Sunlight is also very important when selecting plants. Check to see what kind of sun each variety will get in your region.
For smaller flower garden plants, I recommend starting with small pots that hold one or two plants. Since these types of plants grow fast, there’s really no need to get large pots. A few good choices for beginners are African Violets, Bulbs, Carnations, Delphiniums, Hostas, Mimulus and Sweet Corn.
Some larger plants that you can buy in bags and start growing in pots are Chrysanthemums, Daisies, Hamamelis, Lavender, Marigolds, pansies, Peonies, Pansy and Roses. You can even find some perennials such as Java Fern and Java Moss. I’ve heard that some flowers don’t do well in the soil of certain pots, so check before buying. If you’re having trouble starting your plants, check the internet for tips on what kind of containers to use.
When you have established which plants are suitable for what kind of climate and pot, you can begin planting. It’s usually a good idea to start with three or four types of flowers and then add more as you see them growing well. It may take several weeks before you see any growth but that’s better than getting frustrated and not seeing any at all.
For newbies, it might be easiest to buy seeds rather than growing plants from scratch. Just be sure to follow instructions carefully and fertilize regularly. I’ve heard that some varieties of flowers won’t grow well in artificial pots so I advise using real potting soil. Don’t forget that with what you put into the pots, the flowers will benefit from vitamins and nutrients found in the soil.