The Q&A Archives: Container perennials for my sunny balcony

Question: I have 4 or 5 empty pots which had indoor plants that died probably because I did not place them in the right environment. I have a balcony (5th floor) that gets plenty of sun. I want to plant new plants in these pots. I'd like for them to be perennials, so that I don't have to change them - something I can bring indoors in the winter season, and that'll still grow. What do you suggest?

Answer: Lots of annuals and perennials will grow nicely in containers. Favorites include Hen & Chicks (Sempervirum sp.), Stonecrop (Sedum sp.), Sedges (Carex sp.), Alternanthera (Alternanthera sp.), Miniature Brass Buttons (Leptinella gruveri), Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya), Wandering Jew (Tradescantia sp.), Bugleweed (Ajuga sp.), Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus), Wooly Thyme (Thymus thracicus), Silver Thyme (Thymus x 'Argenteus'),
Scotch Moss (Sagina subulata Aurea), Irish Moss (Sagina subulata), Creeping fig (Ficus pumila), and Lily Turf (Liriope spicata). If you need ideas for placement, some combinations to consider include Sundaze? 'Golden Beauty' Bracteantha, 'Blue Bird' Nemesia and 'Zinfandel' Oxalis. Or, 'Beth's Blue' Laurentia, Soprano? 'Light Purple' Osteospermum, 'Strike It Rich Gold' Heucherella and 'Charmed Velvet' Oxalis. Or Coleus and Variegated Ivy. Or Amaranth, Dusty Miller, Blue Salvia, Heliotrope, and Vinca. Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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