Potted flowers are lovely and inexpensive if utilized as a lively decorating tool indoors, or as a space filler and brightener outside near poolsides, porches and decks. There are a number of low maintenance potted flowers that the casual gardener can enjoy without much extra hassle added to the daily routine.
The geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum) is a tender perennial native to Africa. The plant is commonly grown as an annual throughout the world for its bushy green foliage and clusters of brightly colored flowers. Geraniums are frequently planted in pots, whether they're hanging under a porch overhang or displayed in front of a walkway or entrance. Geraniums can be grown as perennials in USDA zones 9 and 10, and as annuals throughout most other zones. The plant will do just fine in a general purpose, well-draining potting soil mix. Geraniums prefer bright sunshine and plenty of water during the hot summer months. Avoid over-fertilizing the plant, as that will lead to a decrease in flowering.
Common columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a flowering perennial native to North America. The low-growing plant, which rarely grows above 2 feet tall, is notable for its multicolored flowers, which appear in spring. Common columbine makes a sweet little plant for a small pot or a window box where its colors can be admired. The plant is tolerant of a wide range of conditions and will thrive in USDA zones 4a to 10a. The plant isn't picky about soil, and it will handle brief periods of drought well. Supplemental watering is not required for this low maintenance, care-free plant. Common columbine is highly attractive to butterflies and will bring plenty to the garden.
Growing less than a foot high, petunias (Petunia x hybrida) are low-growing tender perennial garden hybrids that belong to the nightshade family. Petunias are commonly used as bedding plants and as potted flowers, enjoyed for their low care requirements. Petunias are notable for their incredible range of colors, varying between solid bright colors to multicolored patterns. The plants can be grown as perennials in USDA zones 9 and 10, though they are grown as an annual in just about every zone. Petunias do best in full sunlight in well-drained soil. Water the plants on a regular basis, and pinch off spent flowers to prolong flowering.