The Q&A Archives: Flowers for Containers

Question: I just recently purchased a water front home and every flower I had potted for my deck has died (perennial & annual) what would you suggest I use to add that necessary color to my deck ?

Answer: The problem could be your choice of plants, the exposure to the elements, or even something as simple as inadequate watering. Start by assessing the sunlight exposure and exposure to wind. Choose plants with thick leaves to help them avoid wind burn and choose those that grow best in the amount of sunlight the site provides. Full sun plants can include:
Alyssum, grows 4-8" high, spreads 12-24" so it's great for cascading over the rims of containers; Fragrant, withstands frost.
Amaranthus; Brilliant foliage.
Bachelor Button: Attractive cut or dried flowers.
Cockscomb; Crested and plume types available.
Copper Plant; Brilliant copper colored foliage.
Lantana; Trailing and upright forms, many colors available.
Marigold; holds up in heat.
Periwinkle; Excellent heat tolerant selection.
Petunia; Many varieties, will hold up against frost.
Portulaca; Excellent heat tolerance.
Salvia; Needs shade during summer months.
Verbena; Excellent heat tolerant selection.
Zinnia; Many colors, heat resistant.

Full or part shade plants can include:
Begonia; Attractive foliage and flowers.
Caladium ; Bright foliage, plant from tubers.
Coleus; Colorful foliage.
Geranium; Needs shade during summer months.
Impatiens; Brightly colored flowers, many varieties.

Plants in containers can dry out quickly and roots can overheat when the containers absorb hot sunshine. Be sure to water thoroughly as often as necessary to keep the potting soil moist but not soggy wet.

Hope this information is helpful.

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