Container flower gardens are a quick and easy way to decorate outdoor living areas with color. Use wooden planters, concrete urns, baskets or clay pots that complement your space. Annuals can provide a brilliant burst of color. But combine flowering annuals, bulbs and perennials to extend the container garden color into winter and fall. Regardless of what you plant, container soil must be fertilized at least twice a season and requires daily watering due to evaporation.
Plant flowering annuals in a tall pot or urn or even a concrete pipe full of soil to create the illusion of a cascade of color on your patio or as a garden bed feature. Plant summertime lilac, an ivy-leaved geranium, impatiens or lobelia and nasturtiums, along with hedera for added foliage. The number of plants required depends on the size of your container. Feed once every six weeks, and pinch off dead flowers to keep blooms coming throughout the summer season.
In a large pot with moist soil, plant episcia reptans, dionaea (venus flytrap) and cyperus involucratus (umbrella plant) in bright but indirect light. The mixture creates an exotic rain-forest feel that generates attention either outdoors or when planted indoors. Episcia reptans has brownish green leaves and red flowers, the towering umbrella plant does not flower, but the "flytraps" on the dionaea give the illusion of spiny flowers. Maintain container outdoors if you live in a humid climate, keep soil moist and move indoors before temperatures drop below 60 degrees.
Greet guests with the sweet smell of jasmine by planting two pots of the perennial on either side of an entrance or porch, preferably near a wall to allow the plant to climb. Add an evergreen fern such as the sprengeri fern, and allow it to cascade over the side of the containers. You can also use gardenia or narcissus.