Container gardening is a great way to share interesting plants on a patio or deck, hanging baskets and pots, or even in window boxes. Potted plants are named so because of their ability to grow and thrive with their roots contained. Perennial potted plants will give you many options for display while also allowing you to enjoy the plant year after year without replanting.
Aquilegia canadensis, from the buttercup family of plants, is also known as wild columbine or Canada columbine and is an easy-to-grow, hummingbird-attracting, self-seeding perennial. Its bell-like flowers are 1 to 2 inches long in yellow or red. Leaves are like ferns and 4 to 6 inches wide. The entire plant gets 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. Wild columbine grow easily in full sun to partial shade in moist soils that are acidic or limey. Propagate via seed in USDA hardiness zones of 3 through 8.
Catharanthus roseus from the dogbane family of plants, also known as Madagascar periwinkle or rose periwinkle, is a fast-growing, drought-tolerant perennial grown as an annual. It is vine-like and can get 2 to 3 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide. Leaves are 2 to 3 inches long and flowers are tubular, 1-inch long, and white, red, purple or pink. Grow Madagascar periwinkle in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Propagate via seed or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 9 through 11.
Gerbera Jamesonii from the aster/daisy family of plants, also known as Gerber daisy or Transvaal daisy, is an easy to grow perennial good for container gardening. Flowers are 2 ½ to 4 inches wide and yellow, orange, white, pink, red, crimson, cream or violet. Leaves are 8 to 10 inches long and coarse. Grow in well drained soil in full sun or light shade. Propagate via division in USDA hardiness zones of 9 through 11.
Hemerocallis hybrids from the lily family of plants, also known as a daylily, is a perennial. Leaves are strap-like and 10 to 40 inches long. Flowers are on stalks and every color but blue and white. Sizes and shapes of these depend on the cultivar selected. Grow in well-drained fertile soil in full sun or partial shade. Propagate via division in USDA hardiness zones of 2 through 10.