Common Potted Flowers

Potted flowers liven up a front porch and look lovely lining a garden walkway. There are many flowers to choose from with bright colors and unusual textures that thrive inside pots. Flower pots also are easy ways to change up the landscape with a fresh set of seasonal blooms. With the ability to tweak the soil type and amount of sunlight, container gardening is very gardener-friendly.

Impatiens

Impatiens are lovely annual flowers to tuck within your flower pots for a bright burst of color in the landscape. Their draping effect and low drought tolerance make them ideal to grow inside containers. Impatiens are late spring to fall flowers and prefer partial shade to shade. Tucked inside a container and placed under a shade tree, impatiens provide contrast to low light shady spots. The flowers of the impatiens can be orange, red, purple, white and pink. They grow up to 24 inches tall and 12 inches wide, making for a full and billowing flower pot design. The dark green foliage contrasts with the bright flower blooms for a lovely outdoor design.

Geranium

Geraniums provide vibrant color to flower pots and are easy to grow. They are drought-tolerant flowers that have blooms in red, white, pink and salmon. These sun-loving annuals bloom in the late spring and last through early fall for a long-lasting potted flower arrangement. The geranium grows up to 24 inches tall and 12 inches wide, also making for a shapely design. Their shamrock-shaped leaves are soft and pale green and often need to be pinched back to promote more compact foliage.

Viola

These multicolored flowers light up the cool days of fall and winter with their smiling faces and colorful petals. Viola blooms have many colors to choose from including some with purple and white faces, called Penny Mickey, paying homage to Mickey Mouse. Viola's are hardy, drought-tolerant plants that grow up to 12 inches in height. The colors of the viola include yellow, white, purple, blue and bicolored blooms that have two colors swirled together. Also called Johnny-jump-ups, the viola permeates a light, sweet fragrance that fills the air. Tuck these little growers into a trio of flower pots to line a front stoop or garden walkway.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.