Planters, pots and containers provide the convenience of adding color to a particular spot, both indoors and outside. While most people want their container gardens to look beautiful and appealing, they do not want to be bothered with maintenance such as watering, feeding or pruning. There are many low-maintenance potted flowers available in local nurseries and garden supply centers that decorate a spot with beautiful blooms, without requiring too much care.
The marigold (Tagetes spp.) belongs to the daisy/aster family and is a common sight in container and soil gardens alike. Depending on the cultivar, this easy-to-grow hardy annual ranges in height from 8 inches to up to 3 feet. It features large and beautiful yellow, orange and bronze flowers that grow up to 2 to 3 inches wide, and fragrant green leaves. Plant marigold seeds or seedlings in any type of well-drained soil, spacing them 1 inch apart. These flowers thrive in half to full sun locations, making them the ideal choice to cheer up a patio, deck, balcony or terrace. You do not have to worry about any insect damage to your marigolds because they emit a strong odor that deters them. According to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, marigolds thrive in zones 9 to 11.
Sedum "Autumn Joy"
Commonly known as Stonecrop, Sedum "Autumn Joy" is a hardy, drought-resistant perennial plant with flowers that bloom from early August till late November. Autumn Joy sedum features naturally clumped flowers that measure 3 inches or more in width. Flowers range in color from pink, red, yellow and orange and become darker with the passage of time. This low-maintenance plant thrives in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. It prefers pots filled with well-drained soils placed in full sun to partial shade, but can go without water for several days. Plant each seedling in a separate pot to provide it ample space to grow and spread. This hardy flowering plant attracts beautiful butterflies.
Prayer plant, or Marantaceae, is an indoor, flowering plant that features large leaves with intricate white and pink markings. It consists of tiny white flowers with purple spots that bloom from mid spring to summer. The wide leaves fold upwards every night as if in prayer, hence the name "Prayer Plant." This low-maintenance, flowering plant survives low to moderate light available indoors and can go without water for up to a week. The prayer plant has a shallow root system which is why it is planted in a shallow pot or container filled with well-drained soil. Trim the plant twice a year to encourage healthy and full growth.
Fragrant daffodils (Narcissus spp.) feature white or yellow flowers with pink, red or orange centers that rest atop long stems up to 24 inches tall. These drought-resistant perennials belong to the amaryllis family and prefer morning sun and afternoon shade. For best results, grow seeds or bulbs in zones 4 to 9.