Plants have different needs and they are based on many different things. Things like planting in the ground or into a garden pot. Their access to light, water and fertilizer are all major considerations when you want to assure gardening success.
Below is a list of favorite plant materials that thrive in a garden container. Some you may recoginize but many are fairly new and exciting to experiment with. Since we have so many to share we have divided this up into two blog post. Don't miss part 2 and then let us know what you think?
1.Osteospermum 'Lemon Symphony' (shown above)these plants can stand a little night warmth. They are a annual that grows to 14" tall and is noted for it's prolific blooms and tolerance to extreme heat and light frost. The daisy like flowers feature a distinctive dark purple eye and halo.
2.Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' move this potted plant indoors for winter enjoyment. It is a tender perennial that grows to 24" tall so use a large container. It has lustrous, dark forest green leaves with contrasting undersides that are a rich violet purple. It loves full sun, well draining soil but you should move the container inside before the first frost.
3.Tropaeolum majust 'Creamsicle" A lovely nasturtium that offers a wonderful orangy treat. It truly looks like a swirled orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream with a sprinkling of red provided by throats that are etched in deep crimson. This annual cottage garden flower is easy to grow directly from seed and it thrives without extra care in full sun and well drained soil. Stunning in pottery!
4.Petunia 'Supertunia Royal Velvet' This sweet plant deadheads itself. It is a cute annual that grows up to 10" tall so great for all pot sizes. This vigorous, ever blooming trailer has large, velvety and sweetly fragrant purple flowers that attract butterflies & hummingbirds. They grow fast and self clean by shedding spent blossoms. We love this plant in window boxes, hanging baskets and patio pots where full sun and moist soil are available.
5.Cuphea cyanea These lovelies attract hummingbirds with their brightcolor and cigar flower shape. A tender perennial that grows to 15" tall, this plant is stunning. It blooms ceaselessly from spring until frost, producing hundreds of hummingbird attracting, inch long tubular blossoms. The flowers are bright pink, tipped with yellow and topped with tiny purple petals that look like little ears. Use this plant to soften container edges or to fill space around plants of bolder texture.
Read more suggestions in "The Best Container Plants - Part 2"