A container cottage garden is a garden of potted plants typically placed on a deck, porch, patio, balcony or other places where a garden is desired but can't be planted. A cottage garden consists of a variety of flowering plants, all different sizes, shapes and colors, to create a colorful garden that appears wild-flower like.
Poppy plants are a good choice for an Ontario container cottage garden. Poppies can grow to be 2 to 2.5 feet tall and 6 to 12 inches wide. Blooming in early to mid summer, poppies have 4-6 petals brightly colored in shades of red, yellow or orange. Poppy plants prefer to be in full to partially shaded sun conditions and requires well draining soil.
Delphinium plants are another good choice for a container garden. Delphinium can grow to be 2 to 6 feet tall. The plant appears as a mound of dark green foliage until early summer when it blooms. The blossoms of red, white, yellow and blue flowers cluster together to form a tall bouquet. Delphinium prefers to be in full sun to partially-shaded conditions and should be kept away from areas with high wind gusts while in bloom. The plants also prefer well-draining soil.
Lupine plants are another choice plant for an Ontario container garden. The Lupine can grow to three feet tall and have small, bright green leaves. When the plant blooms in early summer, it has large spikes, covered with pea-like buds. The blooms are stalk-like in shades of white, red, pink, blue, yellow, lilac, violet, and apricot. Lupines prefer moist soil in full to partially-shaded conditions.
Pansy plants are small, reaching heights of only 5 to 10 inches. They have 2-3 inch long, oval shaped green leaves. The plant blooms in mid spring with brightly-colored flowers in a variety of colors: purple, pink, yellow, red, burgundy, white and orange. Pansy plants prefer partially-shaded conditions and rich, well-drained soil.