Ideas for Flower Containers

Flower containers brighten up the garden with color and texture. Made in a wide range of sizes and shapes, they hold small or large plants, depending upon the need. Use a flower container that sets off the flowers within. For example, a deep-brown container filled with bright-green accent plants makes for a dazzling display. Have fun choosing favorite blooms to nestle within your garden, to create your very own design.

Winter Container

Evergreen plants have the ability to retain their foliage and color all yearlong, including winter, to create a sense of warmth to the often colorless landscape. Their vibrant green leaves and colorful blooms are ideal tucked into a flower container to rest within a winter garden. An ideal winter-blooming flower to grow within a container is the hellebore. Clumping in habit, hellebore flowers have 2 1/2-inch, saucer-shaped blooms that come in a wide range of colors including, pink, purple, yellow, green and white. Their nodding-like flowerheads appear to bow down to the garden for a graceful display in the container. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, they grow best in full to part shade and rich, nutrient-laden soils that are neutral to alkaline. Plant in U.S.Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 4 to 9.

Fiery Blooms

Bright, bold flowers nestled within a container create fiery designs within the garden. Planting "hot" flowers in reds, oranges, crimsons and yellows within the container makes for an exotic look. They complement other bright flowers for a showy garden display. Create a pot of living color using bright zinnia blooms mixed with cosmos. Zinnia is an annual flower that grows in a rainbow of colors to last through the summer. Their blossoms grow in double, semi-double or single forms. Growing on 30-inch tall, erect green stems, the blooms are deer and drought tolerant, to create an unfussy and low maintenance container. Zinnias are hardy in all USDA zones. Alongside the zinnia, plant Cosmic Red cosmos. Their intense, bright-red blooms with yellow center will have the container alive with color. Growing 6 to 12 inches tall and wide, Cosmic Red cosmos thrives in full sun, as does the zinnia. Cosmic Red blooms all summer to create showstopping color that complements the bright zinnia blooms. Cosmic Red is hardy in all USDA zones.

Aromatic Plants

Enliven the senses with aromatic plants nestled within flower containers. Their scent helps to permeate the landscape, while their blooms light up the container. A relaxing and soothing scent comes from lavender while a sweet, mouth-watering aroma comes from basil. Mix the two together to create a vibrant design. French lavender grows 1 to 3 feet tall and wide and bears pinecone-shaped flowers that are deep-purple. A butterfly attractant, French lavender repels deer from the container to ensure a long-lasting display. The foliage on French lavender is gray to green, to complement the deep-green to purple foliage found on basil. Plant in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 9. Sweet basil also grows 1 to 3 feet tall to create a full and billowing container. Also a summer bloomer, sweet basil complements French lavender, creating a lush display. The flowers on basil range from blue and white to burgundy and pink. To ensure a long leaf life, pinch back the flower heads as soon as they are noticeable. Plant in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11.

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Callie Barber is a writer, designer and photographer in North Carolina. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor living environment. Her articles have appeared in and and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and