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. Gaillardia Goblin, Blanket Flower

    'Goblin' Gaillardia has daisy-like blooms with scarlet petals and fringed yellow tips. Very resistant to heat, humidity, and drought, 'Goblin' blooms all summer delivering continuous...

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    Goblin Gaillardia Goblin Blanket Flower Gaillardia Goblin
    $9.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Goblin' Gaillardia has daisy-like blooms with scarlet petals and fringed yellow tips. Very resistant to heat, humidity, and drought, 'Goblin' blooms all summer delivering continuous, vibrant color. Highly attractive to pollinators. (Gaillardia)
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  2. Dwarf English Lavender Thumbelina Leigh, Lavandula angustifolia

    ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ is a compact English lavender that is highly aromatic and perfect for smaller spaces such as containers, rock gardens or the edge of narrow pathways. Drought a...

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    Thumbelina Leigh English Lavender Thumbelina Leigh English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh
    $11.98 Sale $7.79
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ is a compact English lavender that is highly aromatic and perfect for smaller spaces such as containers, rock gardens or the edge of narrow pathways. Drought and deer resistant, the plump lavender blooms will appear twice during the growing season if kept trimmed. Sunny, poor soils. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  3. Campanula Rapido White, Rapido White Bellflower

    Bellflower Rapido White has a profusion of white, open-bell shaped flowers that cover this compact plant from late spring all through summer. This bellfower is an improvement from t...

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    Rapido White Bellflower Rapido White Bellflower Campanula carpatica Rapido White
    $9.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Bellflower Rapido White has a profusion of white, open-bell shaped flowers that cover this compact plant from late spring all through summer. This bellfower is an improvement from the older "Clips" series, with flowers appearing up to four weeks earlier. Border your paths and walkways for a charming cottage look. Rapido White is perfect for small garden spaces or containers to spruce up your patio. (Campanula carpatica)
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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. Hawaiian Punch Elephant Ear, Colocasia esculenta Hawaiian Punch

    ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Elephant Ears is a gorgeous cultivar with deep burgundy stems and veining, with light green, arrow-shaped leaves. If you’re thinking of dabbling in the delight...

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    Hawaiian Punch Elephant Ear Hawaiian Punch Elephant Ear PP#24596 Colocasia esculenta Hawaiian Punch PP#24596
    $34.98 Sale $22.74
    Per Bag of 1
    ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Elephant Ears is a gorgeous cultivar with deep burgundy stems and veining, with light green, arrow-shaped leaves. If you’re thinking of dabbling in the delights of tropical foliage, but want something a relatively compact, ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Elephant Ears is a terrific choice for your containers or garden beds. This deer-resistant plant will give your garden months of foliage color in full sun or part-shade. (Colocasia esculenta)
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  2. Elephant Ear Mojito, Colocasia esculenta, Elephant Ear

    Splashed with chartreuse and rich violet tones, ‘Mojito’ Elephant Ears has large colorful foliage, amazing vigor, and a heat-loving attitude. Stems reveal a beautiful mottling th...

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    Mojito Elephant Ear Mojito Elephant Ear PP#21995 Colocasia esculenta Mojito PP#21995
    $32.98 Sale $21.44
    Per Bag of 1
    Splashed with chartreuse and rich violet tones, ‘Mojito’ Elephant Ears has large colorful foliage, amazing vigor, and a heat-loving attitude. Stems reveal a beautiful mottling that makes this plant a great choice to stand along to to enrich a colorful planting design. Energize your summer garden with deer-resistant arrow-shaped leaves in large containers, garden beds, or nestled against the margins of water features. Bring happy hour to your summer garden, patio or balcony with a few easy-to-grow ‘Mojito!’(Colocasia esculenta)
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  3. Four O'Clocks, Mirabilis jalapa, Four O'Clocks

    Four O'Clocks, sometimes called 'Marvel of Peru', are low-growing, bushy plants with flowers that bloom in several colors on the same plant - often on the same trailing stem. Four O'...

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    Four O'Clock Mix Four O'Clock Mix Mirabilis jalapa Mix
    $11.98 Sale $7.79
    Per Bag of 5
    Four O'Clocks, sometimes called 'Marvel of Peru', are low-growing, bushy plants with flowers that bloom in several colors on the same plant - often on the same trailing stem. Four O'Clocks tolerate average-to-poor soils beautifully, making them a favorite for sun and part-sun sites that haven't gotten much attention in the past. Blooms open every afternoon (around 4 o'clock) and have closed by the next morning. (Mirabilis jalapa)
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  4. White Splendour Anemone Flowers

    'White Spendour' Anemone carpets woodland areas, rock gardens, and flower beds with a sea of adorable white, daisy-like blooms. The flowers, coupled with the finely textured foliage ...

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    White Splendour Anemone White Splendour Grecian Windflower Anemone blanda White Splendour
    $22.98 Sale $14.92
    Per Bag of 25
    'White Spendour' Anemone carpets woodland areas, rock gardens, and flower beds with a sea of adorable white, daisy-like blooms. The flowers, coupled with the finely textured foliage of this spring-blooming tuber, make a beautiful "skirt" for colorful tulips, daffodils, and even flowering shrubs. Plants are deer, rabbit, and rodent resistant. (Anemone blanda)
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