How to Create a Flower Garden with Potted Plants


Even if you are limited in ground space, you can have a spectacular flower garden by planting your flowers in a large container or an assortment of smaller containers grouped together. The larger your container is, the more dramatic your potted flower garden will be and the longer the soil in it will stay moist. Clay pots are more casual, while stone and cast iron vessels lend themselves to a formal look.

Plant Dynamic Flower Containers

Step 1

Fill your pots or containers with good-quality potting soil. Leave 1 or 2 inches of space at the top. For very large pots and containers, place the container where you plan to eventually grow your flower garden before you fill it with soil. After large containers are filled with soil they are extremely difficult to move.

Step 2

Plant the plant that you intend to be the focal point of the container first by digging a hole with your garden trowel that is as large, or slightly larger, than the pot you bought it in. Your focal point plant usually is taller and of a different type than the other flowering plants you plant in the container.

Step 3

Fill the remaining area of your container with flowering plants and foliage. These filler plants should compliment the color of the larger focal point plant. Various green foliage plants can be added in with the filler flowers to add visual interest and variety. Place plants that will spill over the sides of your container around the outer edge to create an interesting display.

Step 4

Water your container flower garden daily, twice on very hot days. Container soil dries quicker than soil in your garden and should be checked daily for moisture content.

Step 5

Fertilize your container flower garden every two to three weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer formulated for flowers. Plants that are grown in containers cannot send their roots to absorb nutrients in surrounding soil as plants in the ground do, so you must provide the additional food your flowering plants require. If you do not have the time to feed your flower garden every two to three weeks, you can use a time-release fertilizer for flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant containers with drainage holes
  • Flowering plants
  • Non-flowering foliage plants
  • All-purpose potting soil
  • Hand trowel
  • Time-released OR water soluble flower fertilizer
  • Water


  • Container Gardening
  • Creating a Container Flower Garden
  • West Virginia University: Container Gardening

Who Can Help

  • Choosing the Right Plant for Your Container
Keywords: container gardening, flowers in pots, flower container gardening

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At home in rural California, Kate Carpenter has been writing articles and web content for several well known marketeers since 2007. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas and A Master of Education equivalent from the University of Northern Colorado, Carpenter brings a wealth of diverse experience to her writing.