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. Radiant Glow Coral Bells Collection
Caramel Coral Bells Image Courtesy of Walter's Garden Inc

    Our Radiant Low-Grow Coral Bells Collection shines year-round with richly hued foliage, providing attractive evergreen groundcover in shaded gardens and containers. In summer, flower...

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    Radiant Low-Grow Coral Bells Collection Radiant Glow Coral Bells Collection Heuchera
    As low as $62.65 Sale $53.99
    Per Collection of 4
    Our Radiant Low-Grow Coral Bells Collection shines year-round with richly hued foliage, providing attractive evergreen groundcover in shaded gardens and containers. In summer, flower spikes feature dainty, bell-shaped blooms. Our Low-Grow Collections are perfect for transforming your yard from lawn to flowers, a few square feet at a time! Coral Bells are highly adaptable and deserve a place in every garden. Plant below taller perennials, as edging for a garden border, or as a no-mow lawn alternative. Collection of 4 or 12 plants.
  2. Purple Dream Asiatic Lily

    ‘Purple Dream’ Asiatic Lily looks like a rare exotic flower, with the perk of being reliable and easy to grow. The center of each upward-facing violet-pink blossom is dee...

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    Purple Dream Asiatic Lily Purple Dream Asiatic Lily Lilium asiatic Purple Dream
    As low as $19.99 Sale $16.99
    Per Bag of 3
    ‘Purple Dream’ Asiatic Lily looks like a rare exotic flower, with the perk of being reliable and easy to grow. The center of each upward-facing violet-pink blossom is deeply flecked with plum tones, and ‘Purple Dream’ produces many flowers on each sturdy stem. It’s a fabulous choice for dramatic accents sprinkled throughout garden beds, and the plentiful early summer flowers make spectacular cut flowers too! (Lilium)
  3. White Flame Dwarf Garden Phlox in container garden, Phlox paniculata White Flame

    Flame® PRO White Phlox offers all of the flower power of its bigger cousins, but in a compact, manageable size. In mid-to-late summer, pure white panicles of star-shaped blossoms to...

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    Flame® PRO White Phlox Flame® PRO White Phlox Phlox paniculata Flame® PRO White
    $9.32 Sale $7.92
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Flame® PRO White Phlox offers all of the flower power of its bigger cousins, but in a compact, manageable size. In mid-to-late summer, pure white panicles of star-shaped blossoms top the strong 12-18” stems, attracting butterflies, bees, and moths. The deep green lanceolate foliage of White Flame PRO® provides a backdrop for this native stunner, and shows strong mildew resistance. Pure white flowers on tall stems make beautiful cut flowers, and deadheading will encourage more blooming. An excellent option for small gardens and tight spaces, or anywhere you’d like to add a bright spot in a sunny garden! (Phlox paniculata)
  4. Pink Lemonade Low Grow Plant Collection

    Add a refreshing burst of color to your sunny summer garden with our Pink Lemonade Low-Grow Plant Collection. These compact, long-blooming perennials are easy to grow, and the flower...

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    Pink Lemonade Low-Grow Plant Collection Pink Lemonade Low-Grow Plant Collection
    As low as $31.99 Sale $27.99
    Per Collection of 4
    Add a refreshing burst of color to your sunny summer garden with our Pink Lemonade Low-Grow Plant Collection. These compact, long-blooming perennials are easy to grow, and the flowers produce non-stop color all season to keep pollinators nourished. Our Low-Grow Collections are perfect for transforming your yard from lawn to flowers, a few square feet at a time! Plant below taller perennials, as edging for a garden border, or as a no-mow lawn alternative. Collection of 4 or 12 plants.

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. Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia

    ‚Cafe Au Lait‚ Dinner Plate Dahlia produces large, buttermilk-colored blooms up to 10 across that blush with pink and hints of barely-there latte brown. As the season pro...

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    Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia Café Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia Dinner Plate Dahlia Café Au Lait
    As low as $21.32 Sale $15.99
    Per Bag of 3
    'Cafe Au Lait' Dinner Plate Dahlia produces large, buttermilk-colored blooms up to 10 across that blush with pink and hints of barely-there latte brown. As the season progresses and the flowers mature, expect more delicious color variations to appear. Excellent as a cut flower, 'Cafe Au Lait' is hugely popular in wedding bouquets and arrangements. Prefers full sun. (Dahlia)
  2. Banana Cream Pie Dahlia Collection

    Treat yourself to our exclusive Banana Cream Pie Dahlia Collection, featuring marvelous blooms in soft and sweet whites and yellows. Layers of sumptuous petals will unfurl in a showc...

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    Banana Cream Pie Dahlia Collection Banana Cream Pie Dahlia Collection Dahlia
    $79.99 Sale $68.99
    Per Collection of 12
    Treat yourself to our exclusive Banana Cream Pie Dahlia Collection, featuring marvelous blooms in soft and sweet whites and yellows. Layers of sumptuous petals will unfurl in a showcase of Anemone, Fimbriata, Cactus, and Dinner Plate flower forms for abundant texture and playfulness. Light and bright, this charming collection will add soft color to the late season perennial border or cutting garden. Bouquets will bring joy to your home or friends. Collection of 12 Dahlias.
  3. Zantedeschia, Havana® Calla Lilies in bloom

    It’s the saturated, silky color that you notice first in Havana® Calla Lily. Sumptuous and seductive, the fluted blooms are deep orange suffused with a golden yellow glow. A m...

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    Havana® Calla Lily Havana® Calla Lily Zantedeschia
    As low as $13.32 Sale $11.32
    Per Bag of 1
    It’s the saturated, silky color that you notice first in Havana® Calla Lily. Sumptuous and seductive, the fluted blooms are deep orange suffused with a golden yellow glow. A must-have for the sunny summer garden, flowers emerge through spotted, glossy foliage. Long-lasting blooms continue for 6-8 weeks, adding romance and luxury to summer plantings. Good for sunny, moist sites, Callas are deer resistant and a great choice for containers and cut flowers. (Zantedeschia)
  4. Tecolote Salmon Persian Buttercup, Ranunculus Tecolote Salmon

    The silken double apricot blooms of ‚Tecolote Salmon‚ Ranunculus add a stylish note of luxury to the garden, emerging from mounds of ferny foliage in late spring atop str...

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    Salmon Tecolote Ranunculus Tecolote Salmon Persian Buttercup Ranunculus Tecolote Salmon
    As low as $15.99 Sale $13.59
    Per Bag of 12
    The silken double apricot blooms of 'Tecolote Salmon' Ranunculus add a stylish note of luxury to the garden, emerging from mounds of ferny foliage in late spring atop strong 24” stems. A florist favorite, these elegant Persian Buttercups are just as versatile in vases as they are in garden beds. Their moderate growth habit and attractive foliage also makes them an excellent option for containers. Order these for spring delivery.
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