The Best Perennials And Bulbs For Containers

Caladium and Begonias, grown from bulbs, are lovely options for container gardens!Caladium and Begonias, grown from bulbs, are lovely options for container gardens!
Caladium and Begonias, grown from bulbs, are lovely options for container gardens!

by Amanda

Whether you’re gardening on a balcony in the city, or on acres of land, containers are a great addition to any garden. They give you a chance to express your style and brighten up an outdoor living space. We offer a beauiful variety of perennial for containers and container-happy bulbs, so you can create a unique statement with a stunning container garden. Containers are a great way to experiment and have fun with gardening. Regardless of the size of your land, there are endless possibilities when it comes to growing in containers! It’s a great way to get creative with your favorite plant varieties.

The key to a successful container garden, especially when planting perennials, is to make sure your containers have good drainage and you start with a rich potting soil. A little fertilizer once you plant is also a good idea to give your plants the best chance to grow healthy and produce vibrant blooms. Also, make sure to check the light requirements for the varieties you’re planting and place your containers accordingly.

The Best Perennials For Containers

Look for smaller, compact or “dwarf” perennials to perform best in containers. When shopping, you can use the filters to narrow down your selection of plant heights and plants that are good for containers.

Make sure to take into account the height of the plant when deciding which container to plant it in, since you want to make sure the roots have plenty of room to grow!

We recommend:

Hostas add interest to containers with their gorgeous foliage.Hostas add interest to containers with their gorgeous foliage.
Hostas add interest to containers with their gorgeous foliage.
  1. Blue Phlox Blue Flame, Phlox paniculata, Garden Phlox

    Blue Flame Phlox delivers gorgeous blue blooms on bushy, compact plants. Very fragrant, each colorful bud starts out a deep shade of indigo and slowly opens to reveal petals of barel...

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    Blue Flame Phlox Blue Flame® Garden Phlox (Patent Pending) Phlox paniculata Blue Flame® (Patent Pending)
    $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Blue Flame' Phlox delivers gorgeous blue blooms on bushy, compact plants. Very fragrant, each colorful bud starts out a deep shade of indigo and slowly opens to reveal petals of barely-there blue surrouding violet centers. A dwarf variety, 'Blue Flame' is very resistant to powdery mildew and makes a fine choice for containers and small spaces. (Phlox paniculata)
  2. Nepeta Junior Walker, Catmint Plant

    Nepeta Junior Walker™ blooms profusely all summer, painting the garden with spikes of lavender-blue blossoms that butterflies find irresistible. Fragrant, gray-green foliage and st...

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    Junior Walker Nepeta Junior Walker Catmint PP#23074 Nepeta faassenii Junior Walker PP#23074
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Nepeta Junior Walker™ blooms profusely all summer, painting the garden with spikes of lavender-blue blossoms that butterflies find irresistible. Fragrant, gray-green foliage and sturdy stems form a low mound perfect for the front of borders and along walkways. Junior Walker™ is a sterile, compact form of Walker’s Low catmint. Deer resistant. (Nepeta x faassenii 'Novanepjun')
  3. Lavender Blue Cushion PP9,119, Lavandula angustifolia Blue Cushion

    Blue Cushion Lavender is a compact shrub with a perfect cushion form of gray-green foliage. Continuous blooms of deep purple-blue flowers arrive throughout the season, fading to pale...

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    Blue Cushion English Lavender Blue Cushion English Lavender PP#9119 Lavandula angustifolia Blue Cushion PP#9119
    $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Blue Cushion' Lavender is a compact shrub with a perfect 'cushion' form of gray-green foliage. Continuous blooms of deep purple-blue flowers arrive throughout the season, fading to pale lavender with age. In the herb garden, perennial border, or planted in containers, this English Lavender keeps you in scent and color all season long with its repeated blooms. Water thrifty and easy to grow, 'Blue Cushion' is also a pollinator favorite. (Lavandula angustifolia)
  4. Delphina™ Light Blue White Bee Delphinium, Delphinium elatum Delphina™  Light Blue White Bee

    When it comes to romantic flowers, Delphina™ Light Blue White Bee Delphinium is a star. It blooms from early to mid-summer on sturdy stalks densely packed with sky blue flowers fle...

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    Delphina™ Light Blue White Bee Delphinium DELPHINA™ Light Blue White Bee Larkspur Delphinium elatum Delphina™ Light Blue White Bee
    As low as $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    When it comes to romantic flowers, 'Delphina™ Light Blue White Bee' Delphinium is a star. It blooms from early to mid-summer on sturdy stalks densely packed with sky blue flowers flecked with white. Mounds of deeply serrated green foliage add interest all season. With its compact form, this perennial creates a special addition to cottage gardens, small spaces, or container plantings, and looks wonderful when planted in clusters. (Delphinium elatum)

The Best Bulbs For Containers

Spring Planted, Summer-Blooming Bulbs produce some of the most spectacular flowers of the season, and they are prime candidates for show-stopping containers. As with our perennial plants, when shopping, you can use the filters to narrow down your selection of plant heights and bulbs that are good for containers.

Begonias make gorgeous windowboxes.Begonias make gorgeous windowboxes.
Begonias make gorgeous windowboxes.
  1. Tecolote Merlot Persian Buttercup, Ranunculus Tecolote Merlot

    Tecolote Merlot Ranunculus is a florist’s darling, with layer upon layer of wine-colored petals packed into magnificent 5-inch flowers. Mature petals are accented with silver edges...

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    Tecolote Merlot Ranunculus Tecolote Merlot Persian Buttercup Ranunculus Tecolote Merlot
    As low as $11.99
    Per Bag of 12
    Tecolote Merlot Ranunculus is a florist’s darling, with layer upon layer of wine-colored petals packed into magnificent 5-inch flowers. Mature petals are accented with silver edges, and these flowers add bold contrast to the garden from late spring to early summer. Easy to grow in beds and containers, each bulb produces numerous blooms, with straight stems and an exceptionally long vase-life.
  2. Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia

    Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia produces large, buttermilk-colored blooms up to 10 across that blush with pink and hints of barely-there latte brown. As the season progresses and th...

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    Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia Café Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia Dinner Plate Dahlia Café Au Lait
    As low as $17.32
    Per Bag of 3
    'Cafe Au Lait' Dinner Plate Dahlia produces large, buttermilk-colored blooms up to 10 across that blush with pink and hints of barely-there latte brown. As the season progresses and the flowers mature, expect more delicious color variations to appear. Excellent as a cut flower, 'Cafe Au Lait' is hugely popular in wedding bouquets and arrangements. Prefers full sun. (Dahlia)
  3. Purple Dinnerplate Dahlia Thomas Edison, Dahlia, Decorative Dinnerplate Dahlia

    Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia produces large, vibrant-purple blooms up to 8 across. With fully double flowers in a unique, electric shade, this dahlia makes a bold statement whe...

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    Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia Dinner Plate Dahlia Thomas Edison
    As low as $80.98
    Per Bag of 15
    'Thomas Edison' Dinner Plate Dahlia produces large, vibrant-purple blooms up to 8 across. With fully double flowers in a unique, electric shade, this dahlia makes a bold statement when planted in groups of 5 or more. Excellent as a cut flower and used in many wedding bouquets and arrangements. (Dahlia)
  4. Boom Boom White Ball Dahlia, Cottage Garden

    Boom Boom White Ball Dahlia produces compact round white flowers. This dahlia is easy to grow and blooms with 3" diameter flowers. Producing smaller flowers than dinner plate or sem...

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    Boom Boom White Ball Dahlia Boom Boom White Ball Dahlia Ball Dahlia Boom Boom White
    As low as $18.65
    Per Bag of 3
    'Boom Boom White' Ball Dahlia produces compact round white flowers. This dahlia is easy to grow and blooms with 3" diameter flowers. Producing smaller flowers than dinner plate or semi dinner plate varieties, its smaller blooms are unique and last from summer to late fall. Attracts butterflies and makes an excellent cutting flower. (Dahlia)
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