Flower pots are a part of container gardening in that you can use garden pots for windowsills, decks, steps and patios. Flowers for flower pots need to be able to take having restricted root growth. Choosing the right plant can have your flower pot flowers blooming well and looking healthy far into the future.
Flossflower, or Ageratum houstonianum, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. It is an annual that is good for containers and for shady spots in the landscape. This plant gets to 2 feet tall with 4-inch leaves and blue, pink, lavender or purple flowers. Plant the flossflower in bright sun or partial shade in very hot locations. Propagate this plant by seed.
Common snapdragon, or Antirrhinum majus, is from the Scrophulariaceae, or figwort, family. It can be an annual or perennial, depending on growth habit. It is a fast growing plant that will attract hummingbirds. They range in size from 2 to 3 feet down to 4 to 9 inches tall. There are many different colors, all but blue. Plant the snapdragon in full sun or partial shade and in rich, well-drained soil. To propagate this plant, sow seed.
Dahlberg daisy, or Thymophylla tenuiloba, is also from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. It is an annual that is good for container gardening. This gets 6 to 12 inches high and about the same in width. Flowers are orange, yellow or gold and are 1/2-inch wide. Leaves have a lemony smell when crushed. Plant the Dahlberg daisy in well-drained soil above a 6.8 pH level in full sun with regular water. Propagate this by seed.
Mexican Zinnia, or Zinnia haageana, is another plant from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. It is an annual that is drought-resistant and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Mexican zinnia gets 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide with 2- to 3-inch-long lance-shaped leaves. Flowers are 1 1/2 inches wide and are orange. Plant this in full sun. Propagate Mexican zinnia by seed.