Potted plants can be used as an addition to your in-ground garden or landscape. They can be placed at different levels and give more interest to an outdoor area. At other times, there may not be enough room for a full garden. Potted plants can be the perfect choice for a deck, patio or apartment landing. In these full-sun locations, you’ll want to choose plants that flourish in such conditions.
Grow each herb separately or grow several in one larger container. The best herbs for full-sun locations are: sweet basil, parsley, sage, chives, marjoram, oregano, rosemary and thyme.
If you have room for a larger planter, try the canna lily. Choose a pot with good drainage that is at least 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep. Use ordinary commercial potting soil for planting the rhizomes (bulbs) 4 inches deep and 15 inches apart. You can plant three per container, in triangular-shaped spacing. It will give you spectacular blooms and foliage starting in midsummer. Canna lilies love the sun as much as they do water. Be sure to water them generously, almost to the point of sopping.
You can grow any size or variety of rose bush in a pot. However, miniature roses are especially nice, as the size allows you to place them anywhere that they can get at least 6 hours of full sun per day. Choose a 1-gallon container, but make sure it is substantially heavy or weighted down, so winds will not be able to knock it about. If you are still trying to establish your green thumb and forget to water your plants, use a 2-gallon container. This will allow you to water your potted rose a bit less often. Some varieties of sun-loving miniature roses are: Baby Austin, Cinderella, Glowing Amber, Lavender Delight or Stolen Moment.
The Shasta Daisy may be considered the all-American flower. It’s simple, yet seems to go well in any outdoor décor. The sun-loving daisy can grow to 3 feet tall. Use them, potted, intermingled or as a backdrop to brighter potted annuals. The Shasta is a perennial and would normally come back each year, when planted in the ground. Potted, these flowers are normally considered annuals, but with some care the flowers may return. After blooming, and before the first frost, move the pots to a garden shed or garage. They need to be out of the frost and wet during the dormant period. If all conditions are met, the daisy plant can be returned to the outdoors in the spring to grow and bloom again.