Colorful flower gardening in beautiful mixed pots & planters! Here are 30+ best designer plant lists & combinations for easy sun & shade container garden planting.
Spring fever has arrived, and it’s time to talk about flower gardening again! Get your note book ready, because we have a plant list for each of these gorgeous flower pots you will see here!
One of the key things to successful flower gardening is to give the plants their required sun or shade exposures. This group of flower plants are great for sunny locations.
If you are looking for shade planting ideas, here is a group of colorful shade loving plants with container planting lists!
Now let’s explore some beautiful flower garden planter designs and plant lists!
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Design tip 1 : Mix colors and textures in container flower gardening.
The first two examples are great inspirations on how to create an exuberant display with a mix of flower colors, heights, and textures.
Plant list 1: Pink Mandevilla, Coleus, pink and lavender Petunia, yellow Calibrachoa. This combo is also great for half day sun. ( Source: Botanical Blitz )
Plant list 2: Pink Pelargonium peltatum / Ivy Geraniums, mixed color Calibrachoa, Sweet Potato Vine ( Source: Butchard Gardens )
Like mentioned earlier, the plants covered in this article are great for sunny locations. Need ideas for shade? Here is a group of colorful shade loving plants with container planting lists!
Design tip 2: Use cottage and country style flower gardening plants
If you love flower gardening, you most likely have seen these charming and timeless plants such as Hydrangeas, Geraniums, Pansies, etc, used often in cottage, farmhouse, and country style gardens.
Plant list 3: Pink Pelargonium / Geranium, blue Pansy, Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ / Creeping Jenny. ( via Debora Silver )
Plant list 4: Perilla , Pink Pelargonium / Geranium, light pink Angelonia, Diascia / Twinspur . ( Source )
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Design tip 3: Choose beautiful planters for container gardens.
There are so many types of garden containers from urns, glazed pots, to wood or terra cotta planters. When space allows, a large and stylish planter filled with flower plants can become such a gorgeous focal point!
Plant list 5: Variegated Ginger, pink Calibrachoa, Sweet Potato Vine ( Source: Garden Diaries )
Plant list 6: Dracaena, Pink and red Pelargonium / Geraniums, purple Verbena, Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ ( Source: Tundra Monkey Gardening )
Plant list 7: Coleus, Fountain Grass ( or other grassy form plant) , orange Calibrachoa, Sweet Potato Vine, Sedum rupestre ‘Silver’. ( Source: Flicker )
Plant list 8: Isotoma axillaris ‘Blue Star’ / Blue Star Flower, white Petunia, Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’, Sweet Potato Vine. ( Source: Garden Diaries )
Design tip 4: Mix dramatic foliage with flower plants.
To create a beautiful flower garden, you don’t need 100% flowers. Look at these striking foliage plants!
Plant list 9: Canna ‘Variegated Pretoria’, white Caladium. (Source: Longfield gardens )
Plant list 10: (1) Tropicanna® Black cannas, (2) Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’, (3) Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’, (4) Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’, (5) Plectranthus ‘Lemon Twist’, (6) Ipomoea ‘Sweet Caroline Purple’, (7) Calibrachoa ‘Callie Orange’, (8) Ipomoea ‘Sweetheart Purple’ and (9) Coleus ‘Sky Fire’. (Source: flicker )
Plant list 11: Cordyline fruticosa ( Ti Plant ), Pink Mandevilla, yellow Hiboscus, mixed color Calibrachoa, Sweet Potato Vine ( Source )
Plant list 12: Giant Bird of Paradise, red Gerbera daisy, Caladium ‘Yellow Blossom’, Red stem Pilea (Source )
Design tip 5: Use grouped containers in a flower garden.
Use a group of 3 containers with similar looks but different sizes to create a balanced and natural look.
Plant list 13: Mixed color Snapdragon, Salvia argentea, pink Petunia, Sedum (Source )
Plant list 14: Mixed color Zinnia, white Snapdragon, Caladium, mixed color Calibrachoa, Lobelia, Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’, Variegated Plectranthus. (Source )
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Happy flower gardening! 🙂