Container gardens are fun and easy, and work especially well in Houston, Texas where plants often have to be moved inside either in the winter or during extreme heat. Many of the wonderful annuals that grow in our gardens also do very well in containers. Annuals are especially fun to plant in containers, as you can change them out seasonally or whenever you decide its time to “redecorate”. All you need is a few interesting urns, pots or other containers, and you can decorate your Houston, Texas yard or patio with all sorts of beautiful flowers. If you are interested in planting a container garden of your own, try some of the plants below.
Bluebonnet. Not only is the bluebonnet the Texas state flower, it is also a Texas Superstar and an EarthKind flower. Not to mention these little annuals are just downright beautiful. Plant in full sun in your container garden and it will bloom with blue, pink and maroon flowers from March through May. It should also survive the Houston winters nicely.
Bachelor’s Buttons. Cheerful and tall, these annuals’ fuchsia blossoms will attract butterflies to your Houston, Texas container garden. They prefer full sun, and are not cold hardy, so move them indoors during the winter. Bachelor’s buttons will bloom from late spring until the first frost, and will also bring beneficial honey and bumblebees to your garden.
Joseph’s Coat Alterhanthera. Another tall plant, you’ll enjoy the incredible foliage these annuals have. Variations include pink and green, burgundy edged with pink, and green with pink and yellow. Plant in full sun in your Houston, Texas container garden, and move inside if the temperatures drop below freezing; otherwise they survive the winter just fine.
Angelface Blue Angelonia. Easy, easy annuals for you to plant in containers. Its flowers are orchid-shaped and very colorful – blue with a purple, green and white throat. Plant these annuals in full sun in your Houston, Texas garden, and expect blooms from spring through the fall. This flower will also bring butterflies to your container garden.
Bush Morning Glory. If you enjoy blue, red, rose, white and multicolor flowers, try out these annuals in your Houston, Texas container garden. The bush variety of Morning Glories is not as aggressive as its vining sisters, and can be easily grown from seeds (plant in the fall.) These annuals require full sun.
Superbells Calibrachoa. These annuals come in almost too many colors to list, including pink, purple, red, yellow and multicolor. The perfect container plant, these plants will bloom with small flowers that resemble petunias, spreading and spilling out of the containers in your Houston, Texas garden in a glorious way. The flowers will also attract hummingbirds. Plant in full to partial sun.
Chinese Forget-Me-Not. The tiny blooms can be sky-blue, pink or white, and flower from October through May. Plant these annuals in full to partial sun in your Houston, Texas container garden. This flower can grow to be 18 inches high.