Ideas for a Container Gardening Flower

Container gardening is the art of placing the right garden plants in pots, barrels or planters. These containers can be used to make the garden portable and easy to move around to give different looks depending on how they are arranged. This type of gardening will work well for RV living, dorm life or those who don't want a permanent garden in their landscape.


Tickseed, or Coreopsis grandiflora, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. Tickseed is a fast-growing perennial good for beginner gardeners and it will attract butterflies. It gets 1 to 4 feet high with 2- to 3-inch daisy-like flowers. Flowers are gold or yellow and bloom June to September. The plant requires partial to full sun, does well in any soil type and can be propagated via clump division in spring or seed sowing in fall.

Common Snapdragon

Common snapdragon, or Antirrhinum majus, is from the Scrophulariaceae, or figwort, family. It can be an annual or perennial, is fast-growing, is good for beginner gardeners and attracts hummingbirds. Snapdragon colors are varied from white to orange to red to yellow to purple. The plants range from 2 to 3 feet high to 4 to 9 inches high. They require a rich, well-drained soil, full sun or partial shade, and frequent watering, and they can be propagated via seed.

Spider Flower

Spider flower, or Cleome hassleriana, is from the Capparaceae, or caper, family. It is an annual. It will get to 5 feet in height with leaves 5 to 6 inches long and flowers 1 to 2 inches wide. The flowers may have color in the morning and fade to white by the end of the day. The plant prefers light fertile soil, sunny spots and well drained soil and will propagate via seed.

Variegated Shell Ginger

Variegated shell ginger, or Alpinia zerumbet, is from the Zingiberaceae, or ginger, family. It is a fast-growing perennial good for indoor use, containers or a shady spot in the landscape. Leaves are 2 feet long, and variegated, with a width of 6 inches. Flowers are white and pink and look like seashells. The plant will reach 6 feet tall. It requires light shade or full sun and moist well drained soil, and it can be propagated via clump division, seed or rhizome planting.

Bird's Nest Fern

Bird's nest fern, or Asplenium nidus, is from the Aspleniaceae, or bird nest fern, family. It is an evergreen perennial that is good for beginner gardeners. Fronds can get to 5 feet long and look like a bird's nest. The fern requires low light, and moist soil and can be propagated via spores.

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About this Author

Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.