Plants for a deck can be small and colorful or tall and exciting. Potted deck plants can be a way of bringing shrubs and trees into a patio or deck environment. Container plants work as potted deck plants and can range from flowers to shrubs to vines to trees. Choices for the container plant for a deck can be as varied as the imagination of the deck owner.
Angel Trumpet, or Brugmansia suaveolens, is from the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family. This is a perennial shrub. It can get 6 to 15 feet in height and has a single trunk with many branches. Leaves are oval and 10 inches long with fragrant trumpet shaped flowers 12 inches long. Colors of the flowers can be white, pink, or yellow. Plant an angel trumpet in full sun for flowers with regular watering. Propagate via seed or by summer semi-ripe cuttings.
Butter Daisy, or Melampodium divaricatum, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. It is a fast growing annual that is good for a beginner gardener. Small yellow flowers cover the plant with a backdrop of bright foliage. Plant a butter daisy in well drained soil in good sun. It can be drought tolerant. It propagates via self sowing.
Wishbone Flower, or Torenia fournieri, is from the Scrophulariaceae, or figwort, family. It is an annual that will attract hummingbirds to the garden. The plant grows 1 foot tall with 2-inch leaves and 1 1/2-inch long flowers. Flowers can be pink, white, lavender, purple, or mixed. Plant a wishbone flower in moist rich soil with partial shade. Propagate via seed in spring or by cuttings.
Miniature Date Palm
Miniature Date Palm, or Phoenix roebelenii, is from the Arecacea/Palmae, or palm, family. It is an evergreen palm. It can get 8 to 10 feet tall with bright green leaves that are 4 feet long and pinnate. Flowers are cream colored. Plant a miniature date palm in light fast draining soil for a container in bright sun or partial shade. Propagate by seeds.
Bird Of Paradise
Bird Of Paradise, or Strelitzia reginae, is from the Strelitziaceae, or bird of paradise, family. It is an evergreen perennial with a tropical look. Leaves are shaped like paddles and 8 inches long with 3 feet high clumps. Plant a bird of paradise in rich acidic soil and in bright sun. Propagate via seed or clump division.