Container Garden Ideas

Container gardening offers a nice way to keep a portable garden plot. It can be picked up and moved to decks, steps, porches or patios. They can also be brought into the home, dorm or even an RV. Plants that have the ability to grow in containers need to be able to survive a tight root environment. These plants are often marked with a terra-cotta garden pot on the tag in garden stores.


Angelonia is a perennial of the figwort family. Leaves are 2 to 3 inches long and smell like apples. Flowers are in spikes that grow to 8 inches long and come in violet, blue or lilac. The plant grows up to 18 inches tall. It prefers full sun and a regular watering schedule. It can be drought tolerant when established. Propagate via seed, tip cuttings or root mass division.


Cockscomb is an annual from the amaranth family. Its leaves are 2 to 6 inches long, with dense, brightly colored flowers standing above the leaves. The entire plant gets 6 feet tall. Colors can be purple, white, yellow, red or orange. It prefers full sun and a well-drained soil. To propagate this plant, you will need to sow seed when temperatures are about 50 degrees F.


Strawflower can be either an annual or perennial, and comes from the aster/daisy family.Stems reach 3 to 4 feet tall, with grayish green leaves that get 5 inches long. Flowers are daisylike and can be white, cream, purple, pink, yellow or bronze. Strawflower prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It can be propagated via seed after last frost in the spring or by tip cuttings in the spring or summer.

African Lily

African lily is an evergreen perennial of the lily family. Leaves are 12 inches long, strap shaped, and around 18 in number. Flowers are 1 to 2 inches wide and dark blue, and bloom in clusters. The plant prefers full sun but tolerates afternoon shade and regular watering, and can be propagated via clump division and from seed.

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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.