Ideas for Flowers for Flower Pots

When choosing flowers for flower pots, you'll need a plant designed for container gardening and one that will flower while root bound. Container flowers typically will be sold with a plant tag or marker showing they are for pots or containers.

Strawflower

Strawflower, or Bracteantha bracteata, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. It is a short-lived perennial that is usually used as an annual. Leaves are 5 inches long and lance shaped while flowers are 2 inches wide in colors yellow, white, purple, pink, cream or bronze. The strawflower plant needs full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It may need staking to remain upright. Propagate via seed.

Calendula

Calendula, or Calendula officinalis, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. It is an annual that is fast growing and easy for a beginner. It will get 12 to 30 inches tall and the same in width. Bright green leaves are 4 inches long with 2- to 3-inch flowers. Colors for flowers are cream, yellow, orange or a blend of those colors. Plant calendula in average well-drained soil in sun to partial shade. Propagate via seed.

Angel Trumpet

Angel Trumpet, or Brugmansia suaveolens, is from the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family. It is a perennial. Angel trumpet gets 6 to 15 feet tall with 10-inch long oval leaves. Flowers are trumpet shaped, fragrant and 12 inches long. Plant an angel trumpet in full sun with regular watering. Propagate via seed or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pansy

Pansy, or Viola x wittrockiana, is from the Violaceae, or violet, family. It is a perennial. Plants are 4 to 10 inches tall with 1- to 4-inch-wide flowers in a variety of colors. Foliage is deep green in color. Plant a pansy in any soil in sun or partial shade. Propagate via seed or by cuttings.

Petunias

Petunias, or Petunia x hybrida, are from the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family. Petunias are a perennial that are grown as an annual. They are easy to grow for beginner gardeners. Flowers can get to 5 inches wide, and the plant can be in a variety of sizes and colors. Plant a petunia in bright sun and good soil with regular watering. Propagate via 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.