When deciding what flowers you’ll plant in what locations, you first need to determine what type of plant will thrive there. Check the areas several times throughout the day to determine if it is full sun, shade or somewhere in between. If you select a flower that does well in that light situation, you’re more likely to be able to cultivate healthy, thriving plants.
Although many other factors are equalized when container gardening – such as type of soil and adequate drainage, it is still important to consider where the planters will be located and how much sun they will receive. It’s best to group plants that like the same kind of conditions together in pots or beds.
If you’d tried varieties that aren’t listed here that have worked well for you, write me and I will add them to the list.
Ageratum An annual that likes full sun or partial shade, it flowers from summer to fall. Colors include lavender, blue, pink and white.
Alyssum This annual blooms in from late spring to frost and enjoys light shade or sun. It is easy to grow and has a soft fragrance. It is an excellent edging or groundcover.
Baby’s Breath A hardy annual that does well in full sun. It can tolerate short periods of drought. Bright white blooms.
Calendula An easy to grow annual that adapts well to a wide range of different conditions. It is also called a “Pot Marigold” and enjoys the full sun. This is a dramatic flower that works well in cut arrangements.
Candytuft A spring blooming perennial that enjoys a full sun.
Coleus An annual that is grown for its attractive foliage, it does well in planters. It does well in shade or partial shade and can also be kept as a houseplant. The foliage is white, bronze, copper, gold, yellow, pink, red and purple.
Columbine A perennial that grows well in sun or shade. It blooms from spring to early summer and is available in a number of varieties and colors.
Coreopsis This annual attracts butterflies and birds and is a member of the sunflower family. The flowers are edible and the leaves are feathery and light. It does well in full sun and is drought tolerant.
Cornflower also called Bachelor Buttons, this annual is an easy flower to grow. It likes full sun and blooms throughout the summer.
Cosmos This annual blooms summer through fall and likes a full sun. Easy to care for, they can be white, pink, crimson or rose.
Dahlias This annual blooms summer to fall and does best in full sun. It is an excellent cut flower.
Shasta Daisy A classic perennial with white petals and a yellow center. They grow best in sun or part shade and bloom from summer to fall.
Delphinium Available in pink, violet and shades of blue this perennial likes full sun and blooms from early spring to early summer.
Dianthus A perennial that does well in full sun. Part of the carnation family, there is a range of colors. The foliage is fine and has a lovely bluish color.
Evening Primrose This perennial blooms in May and June although flowers don’t last very long. They often grow along the road and on rough ground.
Fern This type of plant is older than the dinosaurs. Most likes shaded moist conditions.
Forget-me-not This perennial blooms in the early spring and enjoys the shade. It is available in pink and blue.
Heliotropium An annual that likes sun to partial shade, it is available in lavender, purple, white and off white.
Hostas These hardy perennials are grown for their beautiful leaves. They are easy to grow and tolerate shade or partial shade. They are very easy to grow and the different varieties have leaves that can be solid or variegated in color.
Lobelia An annual that likes full sun, this flower blooms in spring until the fall frost.
Marigold An easy to grow annual that likes full sun. They are fragrant and colorful with most types blooming from early summer until frost. Colors range from yellow and gold to orange and red.
Mums With so many varieties, you can choose mums that look like daisies, zinnias, dahlias or “football” mums. They have incredible lasting power in both beds as perennial and vases as cut flowers.
Nemesia This annual does well in full sun or partial shade. Although orange is a common color, it also is available in cream, yellow, blue, pink, crimson and bi-colors.
Nicotiana A summer bloomer, this annual prefers light shade. It has a sweet fragrance that attracts hummingbirds and can also be grown as a houseplant.
Pansies Although this flower is a perennial, it is usually grown as an annual. They do well in the spring and fall. They are edible and come in a variety of colors and does well in full sun.
Petunias This annual is an excellent choice for pots and hanging baskets in full sun. Color options and ranges are huge with all colors except orange. If regularly deadheaded they will bloom from summer through fall.
Wave Petunias this variation on the popular annual also enjoys full sun and has a ruffled leaf and creeps. They can become leggy if not pinched back.
Phlox This annual comes in a variety of shades and looks lovely in containers. An annual with a sweet fragrance, it does well in full sun and blooms from the spring through the fall.
Portulaca (Moss Roses) This annual likes heat. It’s beautiful in baskets and rock gardens and re-seeds itself very easily. It is available in many colors including white, yellow, orange, pink, rose and red. It blooms from early summer to fall.
Salvia This annual likes full sun and blooms in the summer through late fall. It is especially pretty planted together in containers. Blue Salvia has deep blue flowers.
Hanging Verbena This plant attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. It is a perennial that likes full sun to light shade and blooms in the summer.
Viola These annuals will get you smiling as their bright heads poke out of the snow. They do well in full sun or light shade and the flowers are edible.
Zinnias If you cut this annual for use in vases, the plant will keep producing blooms. It is an annual that likes full sun. The blooms are available in an array of vibrant colors that are long-lasting throughout summer and fall.