Plants in Containers - Knowledgebase Question

Question by BXCHEERS124
February 6, 2009
I have a deck with a little bit of sun and must plant in planters. What plants are best?

Answer from NGA
February 6, 2009


There are lots of colorful perennials that will grow well in containers in your gardening region. Here are a few suggestions:
Ladybells (Adenophora lilifolia) grows 12-18" blue bell-like flowers on spikes in late summer.
Bishop's Weed (Aegopodium) grows 10-15" leaves green, white margins.
Bugleweed (Ajuga varieties) 6" blue/foliage, flowers in May/June.
Lady's Mantle 12-18" yellow flowers in late spring/summer.
Canadian (wild) Ginger grows 9-12" beautiful foliage.
European Ginger grows 4-6" glossy-green, heart-shaped leaves.
Astilbe (Spirea or Goatsbeard) 18-36" white, pink, red, lavender.
Hardy Begonia (Begonia grandis) 15-24" H. pink flowers.
Bergenia or Saxifrage grows 10-16" pink, white, or red flowers.
Siberian Bugloss (perennial forget me not) grows 18" blue flowers/large, rounded leaves.
Bellflower (Campanula species and hybrids) variable blue or white flowers.
Hardy Plumbago 6-10" blue flowers/red fall foliage.
Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua) grows 2-3' purple, white flowers.
Snakeroot (or Bugbane) 3-6' white flowers.
Dwarf Bleeding Heart grows 12-15" and flowers in white or pink.

In addition to these, you could plant coleus, lobelia, impatiens and pansies.

Enjoy your patio garden!

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