Containers forum: Lots of pots..now to fill...thoughts?

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Jan 26, 2017 10:45 PM CST
I made two huge scores on frost-resistant pots recently...such that it will be a good while before I need more. So, not to be terribly lazy, I wonder if there are any plants/groups within certain preferences that can be left out all year and withstand winter only to flourish the following season?

Basically, I would prefer to avoid plants in which all or most parts are highly toxic, invasive, or are connected to other similar problems.

I would prefer plants which are edible and/or which are huge draws for insect pollinators, hummingbirds, etc.

So, early considerations are many of the standard culinary herbs. But I am curious to hear other suggestions. Thoughts?

BTW, it gets very hot and humid here in the summers and long periods with no rain are possible.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jan 28, 2017 5:13 PM CST
For sure start your search by choosing plants 1 to 2 zones colder than your zone if you're not planning on giving your potted plants any protection over winter. Roots of any plant in pots won't have the insulation of the ground unless you're going to sink the pots in the ground over winter or shelter them against the house under a blanket of leaves or straw. Grow the herbs you like or will use. Native plants might fare well in pots. Check the forum on attracting wildlife for plant suggestions.
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