Favorite Annual Flowers for Container Gardening

I love planting tons of flowers in containers this time of year. I typically head out to a couple of local nurseries and pick up several 4 inch pots to stuff my containers and hanging baskets. As time goes by I find myself selecting some of the same ones over and over again, because I already know how they will grow and look. Every once in a while I’ll try something new, but the standbys are still on my list and I thought I’d share a few with you.

Here’s one of my planters from last season.

Favorite Annual Flowers

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.

I have a pretty blue salvia in the middle. I love this brightly colored salvia that isn’t quite hardy enough to over winter in my garden. It cost the same as the other annuals and grows big and tall, making it great choice for the center.

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.

The bright fuchsia flower is a Wave petunia. I used to turn up my nose at petunias in the past. The old ones would get very leggy and needed constant dead-heading. Now they have so many fabulous ones, particularly “the wave” which grows like mad and doesn’t need much of any maintenance.

Here’s one in a pretty lavender.

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.

Another spectacular filler and trailing plant is the calibrachoa or million bells. They are like a mini petunias and come in the most beautiful colors.

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season. I will often take 3 of one color calibrachoa and fill a basket like this one.

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.

Another great annual for containers that trails really well and will grow in shade is the sweet potato vine. Here’s a new plant in May called Sidekick Black Heart.

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.

It grew well in my turquoise pots with coleus Kiwi Fern.

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.

Finally, I almost always by trailing verbena. Here it is in white and a white & pink combo.

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.Again in a pretty dark red and violet.

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.

Other good bets are lobelia,  sweet alyssum and bocopa. Impatiens are great fillers and bloom well in shady spots. As you can tell I really tend to lean towards cool colors. For those of you who prefer warmer colors try, Lantana and nasturtiums. Both come in a nice range of yellow and red like this one.

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.

That’s all for now. I hope you are inspired by some of my favorite annual flowers and will consider trying them in your next container planting.

 

Some favorites including pics of the best "go-to" plants for summer flower containers which will produce beautiful full and color arrangements for the entire season.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. Love hanging planters and would love to get all your tips and gardening ideas! Thanks in advance! Rosa

  2. I love your choice of plants! I have used many of them myself. I find them reliable and lush – adding much beauty.

  3. Ooooh, your container are PRETTY! I’ve increased the amount annual flowers containers this year. I usually just stick with one flower type per container, but you’ve inspired me to mixed it up! Thanks Patti!

    • Hi Debbie,

      I go back and forth with single vs multi but always have a couple of crazy groups because I just can’t resist.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Patti.

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