There are even more choices for colorful container plantings that in many cases will come back for you year after year, or can be taken inside over the winter and enjoyed, or taken and planted in the garden to be enjoyed outdoors.
We’re suggesting that you also consider the use of perennials, small evergreens, ornamental grasses, tropical plants, and yes, even colorful edible plants like herbs, peppers, greens, and even something like horseradish
Think about the tough and durable perennials, that not only flower during the season but can add colorful foliage as well. Coral Bells and Hostas are two that come to mind right away, but again, so many great foliage colors, textures and again flowering aspects of perennials its crazy! And many can be overwintered in the container, or taken out and planted in the perennial garden.
Right along with the colorful annual grasses, hardy grasses work nicely in pots! One of my favorites is using Shenandoah Switchgrass; great foliage, plumes and fall colors, lasts all winter, then regrows the following spring! And don’t forget the sedges as well!
Probably the hottest category of plants for outdoor containers, palms, ferns, crotons, hibiscus, mandevillas, alocasia and colocasia, bananas, gardenias, succulents – it just goes on and on. Use them as annuals or bring them back inside for the winter.
Yes, so many edibles also look and smell great in containers along with annuals and other plants. Cosmic Kale, Swiss Chard, Red Malabar Spinach, Thyme, Lavender, Peppers, Rhubarb and Horseradish with their great foliage – I call this dinner and a show!
Again so much smaller growing evergreens that look wonderful arranged in large pots or containers. Probably would use all evergreens in the pots, rather than mixing with annuals, but they can put on a great show- year round!
So think more than annuals when it comes to designing and planting those containers…sky’s the limit!