Flowers for Small Pots, flowers for pots in shade.

Flowers for Small Pots, flowers for pots in shade.

Flowers for Small Pots, flowers for pots in shade.

Flowers for Small Pots

Small pots can make a big, dramatic impact.

Walkways, porches, patios, decks and windowsills come alive with flowers bred for small pots. The collection of blooms acts as a miniature container garden and brightens otherwise drab areas. With regular watering, feeding and pruning the flowers last all season long and sometimes do well as indoor plants. The pots can complement the flower colors or be hidden by the foliage. No matter the color or material, it is important that each small pot have a drainage hole and a water reservoir to catch the draining water.

Delicate Blooms

Flowers that are otherwise lost in the garden can make a dramatic appearance in a small pot. These tiny blossoms include forget-me-nots (Myosotis) that grow about 5 inches tall and self-seed. Another delicate flower that does well in small pots is sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima). This annual flower comes in a variety of colors and stays in continuous bloom when you dead-head the spent flowers.

Mounding Flowers

Nothing says summer like a small flower pot topped with a mound of flowers. The flowers that grow in volume and consume the tops of the pots include French marigolds (Tagetes patula), dwarf Mexican petunias (Ruellia brittoniana) and impatiens (Impatiens wallerana). Pinch the plants as they grow to promote a bushier growth and more blooms. The flowers are long-lasting on all three of these annual plants. The marigolds and petunias are drought-tolerant and do well in the sun or partial shade. Impatiens thrive in shade, but certain cultivars tolerate full sun.

Old-Fashioned Flowers

Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) and Johnny-jump-ups (Viola cornuta) make charming small pots. Other old-fashioned varieties that do well in containers include geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum) and wax begonias (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum). The variety of colors available for each of these flowers makes mixing and matching bloom colors easy. Whether you want shades of blues, pinks and purples or vibrant reds and yellows, you will find the perfect color with one of these old-fashioned flowers.

Vining and Sprawling

Position your small pots on a banister or window ledge and plant them with flowers that cascade down. The result is an avalanche of color when the plants are in bloom. Vining and sprawling plants that work well for this type of display include painted tongue (Salpiglossis sinuata), a native of Chile, and lobelia (Lobelia). Painted tongue resembles stained glass windows, with several colors on one flower. The bright blue flowers of lobelia bring butterflies to your container garden.

About the Author

Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for over 30 years, and published a variety of e-books and articles on gardening, small business and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.

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