Planting Hardy Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Pasadena, CA
Question by emmiho25
June 12, 2001
I want to start a container garden. The only space I have is in direct sunlight most of the day. What are some colorful, hardy flowers that love direct sunlight and can be planted in containers???

Thank you for any advice you can give me!


Answer from NGA
June 12, 2001


There are so many choices of flowers and herbs that are suitable for containers that you can have lots of fun trying different combinations. Lavender, basil, thyme, sage, dill, chives, lemon verbena, mint, oregano, rosemary, and parsley can be combined with flowers such as nasturtiums, violas, zinnias, portulaca, scaevola, geraniums, and dahlias.These herbs and flowers need full sun, which means at least 6 hours a day. Choose an all purpose potting soil that contains some humus (not just peat moss) and moisten the soil. If you are using clay pots, soak them in water prior to planting so they don't draw moisture out of the soil.

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