The Best Perennials And Bulbs For Containers

Caladium and Begonias, grown from bulbs, are lovely options for container gardens!Caladium and Begonias, grown from bulbs, are lovely options for container gardens!
Caladium and Begonias, grown from bulbs, are lovely options for container gardens!

by Amanda

Whether you’re gardening on a balcony in the city, or on acres of land, containers are a great addition to any garden. They give you a chance to express your style and brighten up an outdoor living space. We offer a beauiful variety of perennial for containers and container-happy bulbs, so you can create a unique statement with a stunning container garden. Containers are a great way to experiment and have fun with gardening. Regardless of the size of your land, there are endless possibilities when it comes to growing in containers! It’s a great way to get creative with your favorite plant varieties.

The key to a successful container garden, especially when planting perennials, is to make sure your containers have good drainage and you start with a rich potting soil. A little fertilizer once you plant is also a good idea to give your plants the best chance to grow healthy and produce vibrant blooms. Also, make sure to check the light requirements for the varieties you’re planting and place your containers accordingly.

The Best Perennials For Containers

Look for smaller, compact or “dwarf” perennials to perform best in containers. When shopping, you can use the filters to narrow down your selection of plant heights and plants that are good for containers.

Make sure to take into account the height of the plant when deciding which container to plant it in, since you want to make sure the roots have plenty of room to grow!

We recommend:

Hostas add interest to containers with their gorgeous foliage.Hostas add interest to containers with their gorgeous foliage.
Hostas add interest to containers with their gorgeous foliage.
  1. Silky Deep Red Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, with butterfly, Photo Credit - Quartl

    'Silky Deep Red' Tropical Milkweed produces eye-catching, red-orange flowers with yellow centers. A valuable source of nutrition for Monarch butterflies, this lush beauty carries an ...

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    Silky Deep Red Tropical Milkweed Silky Deep Red Tropical Milkweed, Bloodflower Asclepias curassavica Silky Deep Red
    As low as $16.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Silky Deep Red' Tropical Milkweed produces eye-catching, red-orange flowers with yellow centers. A valuable source of nutrition for Monarch butterflies, this lush beauty carries an air of exotic mystery when planted as an annual in cooler zones. Young foliage has reddish tones adding to the variety’s distinctive beauty. Flowers from late spring to late fall. (Asclepias curassavica)
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  2. Daybreak Coreopsis Li′l Bang™ Series, Coreopsis verticillata Daybreak Li'l Bang™ Series

    Though small in stature, Li'l Bang™ 'Daybreak' Coreopsis packs a powerful punch with a profusion of fiery yellow and red blooms. This low-maintenance, adaptable, drought-toleran...

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    Li'l Bang™ Daybreak Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Daybreak Coreopsis PP#26138 Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Daybreak PP#26138
    $15.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Though small in stature, Li'l Bang™ 'Daybreak' Coreopsis packs a powerful punch with a profusion of fiery yellow and red blooms. This low-maintenance, adaptable, drought-tolerant perennial features all the qualities you expect from Coreopsis in a versatile compact form. Liven up a border, edge a walkway, and make containers pop with this reliable pollinator-friendly perennial.
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  3. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia in bloom in perennial garden

    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green f...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
    As low as $9.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green foliage. Unbothered by most pests, poor soils, drought and humidity, 'Goldsturm' is easygoing and the perfect addition to flower arrangements and pollinator gardens. Deer resistant and long-lasting. (Rudbeckia fulgida)
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The Best Bulbs For Containers

Spring Planted, Summer-Blooming Bulbs produce some of the most spectacular flowers of the season, and they are prime candidates for show-stopping containers. As with our perennial plants, when shopping, you can use the filters to narrow down your selection of plant heights and bulbs that are good for containers.

Begonias make gorgeous windowboxes.Begonias make gorgeous windowboxes.
Begonias make gorgeous windowboxes.
  1. Cascading Begonia Mix

    The Cascading Begonia Mix produces blooms of peach, pink, yellow, red and white that tumble down the sides of patio pots and hanging baskets, creating an upbeat display of season-lon...

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    Cascading Begonia Mix Cascading Begonia Mix Begonia Cascade Odorosa Mix
    As low as $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    The Cascading Begonia Mix produces blooms of peach, pink, yellow, red and white that tumble down the sides of patio pots and hanging baskets, creating an upbeat display of season-long color. Perfect for shadier spots that need a lively burst of cheer and charm, begonias scalloped petals play perfectly off their lush and lasting foliage. Extremely easy to care for. (Begonia)
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  2. Coral Dwarf Matrix Asiatic Lily Bulbs, Dwarf Asiatic Lily

    'Matrix' Asiatic Lily is a vibrant dwarf variety that grows to 16-20” and is a perfect addition to small spaces, containers, and the front border of beds. Stunning magenta-coral bl...

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    Matrix® Asiatic Lily Bulbs Matrix® Dwarf Asiatic Lily Lilium asiaticum Matrix®
    $12.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    'Matrix' Asiatic Lily is a vibrant dwarf variety that grows to 16-20” and is a perfect addition to small spaces, containers, and the front border of beds. Stunning magenta-coral blooms open to reveal orange centers, bringing oodles of color and personality to the garden. Blooming in early summer, 'Matrix' is extremely easy to grow and makes an excellent cutting flower. (Lilium)
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  3. Elephant Ear Thailand Giant, Colocasia gigantea

    'Thailand Giant' is the largest variety of Elephant Ear, creating a giant, light-green canopy of gently-ribbed leaves in the summer garden. Just spectacular! Your visitors won't be a...

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    Thailand Giant Elephant Ear Thailand Giant Elephant Ear Colocasia gigantea Thailand Giant
    $25.98 Sale $19.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Thailand Giant' is the largest variety of Elephant Ear, creating a giant, light-green canopy of gently-ribbed leaves in the summer garden. Just spectacular! Your visitors won't be able to stop measuring themselves against the enormous leaves. (Colocasia gigantea)
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  4. Peacock Orchid, Gladiolus acidanthera, Gladiolus callianthus flowers

    Peacock Orchid delivers graceful, white orchid-like flowers with star-shaped, merlot-colored centers. Extremely easy to grow, these beautiful blooms produce a sweet scent, adding a d...

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    Peacock Orchid (Gladiolus acidanthera) Peacock Orchid or Gladiolus acidanthera Gladiolus acidanthera, Gladiolus callianthus
    As low as $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Bag of 25
    Peacock Orchid delivers graceful, white orchid-like flowers with star-shaped, merlot-colored centers. Extremely easy to grow, these beautiful blooms produce a sweet scent, adding a delicate allure to both gardens and bouquets. Hardy in Zones 7-10, Peacock Orchids are considered annuals in all other zones, but can be lifted and stored for the following year. (Gladiolus acidanthera)
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