Container Gardening: Best Flowers To Use

A while ago I shared a post about cute container gardening ideas, so I thought it might be fun to look at some of the best plants to use in those containers.

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Cottage At The Crossroads has used one of my favorite flowers in the galvanized tub below.  I love the way the color of the pansies look against the grey galvanized tub.  It’s such a soft look, but makes the flowers stand out as well.

Pansies in galvanized tub planter


I love these petunias with the soft green edging.  I’ve never seen them before.  Angie The Freckled Rose filled a red clay pot with this petunia called Supertunia Picasso in Blue. There are a number of different colors of supertunia petunias and they are all beautiful.

Petunia in Red Clay Pot


The larkspur that Hymns And Verses added to this pretty basket is just the right touch for this porch swing.

Basket Container Gardening


Geranium are so versatile and they are perfect for container gardening.  I think these red geranium that I found at my favorite nursery are so pretty.  I wrote about it on this post about spring flowers.  

Red Geraniums


Impatiens are another favorite of mine.  They are one of a few flowers that do well in shade or maybe light morning sun.  An Extraordinary Day used these beautiful peach impatiens for her window box.  Last year I planted some in containers on my deck rail and they bloomed most of the summer.

Using impatients in container gardening


When I think of fuchsia, I always think of my Mom.  When I was young, we lived in California and she had two big fuchsia “bushes” right next to her porch.  I know in parts of the country, fuchsia can be annuals; but in California they are evergreen and grow to be big bushes.  As I remember my Mom’s were two shades of pink, but I really love these pink and white fuchsia over at Empress of Dirt.

Beautiful pink and white fuchsias are perfect for container gardening.

Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells’:

Jami at An Oregon Cottage shares a simple flower pot design she uses for her container gardening. In the picture below she used dwarf dahlia, calibrachoa ‘million bells’, dwarf snapdragons, alyssum, trailing ivy geranium, and white bacopa.

Container Gardening Flowers

Verbena & Alyssum:

The alyssum that Fox Hollow Cottage used in her planters is another favorite of mine.  They smell heavenly and look great when paired with other flowers like this lavender verbena.

Using Verbena in Container Gardening


Like the alyssum, bacopa also look great when paired with other flowers in your container gardening.  It also works great alone like this container filled with bacopa over at Aiken House & Gardens.

Bacopa in White Iron Urn


I love these cheery yellow coreopsis that Pam shares at House of Hawthornes. It’s called Uptick Cream & Red Coreopsis, it likes full sun, and blooms all summer long.


I love container gardening!  It’s so easy and a great way to add a bit of color to your porch, patio, or deck.  I hope you found a few favorites in this post to add to your pots.  I found several favorites, so it’s going to be hard to choose which ones I want to try this summer.

Happy gardening,

P. S. – Click here to go to the post , “Collection of Container Gardening Ideas” where I share ideas for different containers that can be used for your flowers.





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