These flower containers come from home gardens. Plant suggestions are listed below so you can select plants that work together to create a gorgeous display.
Unique Container Gardening Ideas also has several galleries filled with creative ideas, as well as tips for growing healthy, vibrant plants in containers.
1 Welcome to the Porch
Plant ideas: Red impatiens with dark foliage (Infinity Dark Pink – New Guinea Impatiens by Proven Winners is a good example), Superbells Yellow petunias, a variegated ivy, blue lobelia, and Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila) for tiny white flowers .
2 Stone Urn
Plant Ideas: Purple petunias, Creeping Jenny (bright green spilling over sides), Campfire Fireburst (Bidens, a flower in the asters family) – red, yellow, orange flowers, plus ,more variegated foliage for contrasting pops of colour.
3 Old Bucket
This one is in my garden. The tall pinky-purple flowers are Rockin’ Deep Purple (Salvia longispicata x farinacea) by Proven Winners with asparagus fern (bright green).
4 By the Door
The tall, dramatic purple-ish leaves are elephant ears. They are tropical plants and available in various colours and sizes. Pink impatiens (or begonias, if you prefer) set off the purple.
5 Colorful Combo
Plant Ideas: Pink begonias with blue and white lobelia. During the summer, the lobelia will spread and trail over the side of the container.
6 Bird Bath Planter
Bird bath planters are perfect for plants with shallow roots that can tolerate some dry conditions. Look for sedums, succulents, and other rockery plants.
For more ideas, see these bird bath planters from garden tours and bloggers.
7 Traditional Window Box
Plant Ideas: Caladium (pink leaves with green edges), dusty miller (Jacobaea maritima or Silver ragwort) – light foliage plants on left, tall purple spikes (Giant dracena), Creeping Jenny (bright green ground cover).
8 Container Fairy Garden
These is a complete guide to choosing miniature plants for fairy gardens here. Get the scale right and your tiny garden will be perfect.
9 Clay Containers
Plant Ideas: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) and pansies (Violas).
10 Dragon Pot
The blue lip of this pot adds a nice contrast in colour. The purple petunias in the pot, and delphiniums just behind it really stand out, along with the red accents.
11 Galvanized Can
Plant Ideas: Red Begonias, dwarf hosta, and vinca vine. Look for containers like this at yard sales, thrift shops, auctions, and online buy and sell ads.
12 Hayrack Planter
Plant Ideas: red and white impatiens, variegated ivy (vine), and purple violas.
13 Hypertufa Planter
Plant Ideas: This is another shallow planter that works well with drought-tolerant sedums and succulents. Any annual flowers will work if you ensure even moisture so the roots don’t dry out.
If you want to make your own, there are instructions for hypertufa planter here.
14 Ceramic Planter
Plant Ideas: Three colours of lobelia: purple, blue, and pinky-purple.
15 Simple Flower Pot
In recent years I’ve fallen in love with having one single plant type in a container. Here it’s marigolds in a bright blue ceramic pot. Bold and beautiful.
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16 Rusty Sap Buckets
These planters (a bit hard to see in this photo) are old sap buckets for collecting maple syrup. The flowers are Superbells Doublette Love Swept Calibrachoa by Proven Winners which will be available in 2019.
17 Wood Barrel
More lobelia in my garden. It’s still early in the season so we’re all waiting for it fill out and spill over the sides. Patience!
18 Have a Chair
Plant Ideas: There’s a lot going on in this container. I see strawberry plants (white flowers), ivy vine, which will spill over the sides, red flowers (begonias, perhaps), some tropical green leaves like Caladium, and a purple spike (Giant dracena).
Also see the Gallery of Garden Chair Ideas here.
19 Hanging Cone
This is a good example of using just one plant for a big, bold blast of colour. Pick something that will spread out and sprawl and go for it. You could choose a boldly-coloured cleome like you see here or something like a Dragon Wing Begonia would do the trick.
20 Rusty Urn
Plant Ideas: This one is packed with plants including some bulbs (the green leaves), flowers (supertunias or similar), and ivy to spill over the sides. I also see some purple leaves (Tradescantia pallida, perhaps) for contrasting colours.
21 Tabletop Assortment
When I saw this on a garden tour, I zeroed in on the little hypertufa pot (instructions here) with the red succulent. I love those colours together! I also have a love for tabletop plant displays in outdoor gardens.
22 Red Metal Wall Planter
This is the place for spillers like ivy and Creeping Jenny, and anything else that grows long tails. Paint the container in a colour that contrasts with the plant selections.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
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