Container gardens are the perfect solution for gardeners who are short on space or time. They are also great for Houston, Texas as flowers and plants can be moved out of the broiling sun if they need to be. They can also be moved to a garage or porch if they need to be protected from a drop in temperature. Perennials do exceptionally well in container gardens, and there are many gorgeous varieties you can choose that will do well in the Houston, Texas climate. For some ideas on what to plant in your container garden, see below.
Chocolate Scented Daisy. These stunning perennials really do smell like chocolate! The bright yellow flowers will bring bees and butterflies to your container garden, and will bloom all through the spring and summer. These daisies are good cutting flowers for arrangements, and also make beautiful accent plants in your mixed border. Plant these perennials in full sun in your Houston, Texas garden.
Cordoba Rudbeckia. This is a gorgeous flower for your container garden. Its flowers are a deep shade of burgundy, with yellow-gold outer petals. It will bloom all summer in your Houston, Texas garden, and is also a perfect plant to use as an accent in your mixed border. Plant these perennials in full sun to partial shade in later spring, preferably April or May. They will also bring butterflies to your container garden.
Indian Blanket Flower. If you are looking for a striking plant for your container garden, try these perennials. The flowers are lacey double blooms with gold petals and red throats. These are also great perennials for your Houston, Texas cutting garden, as they look lovely in arrangements and will last. Many gaillardia are annuals but this version is a perennial. Plant these flowers in full sun in your container garden and they will bloom from late spring through the fall. These perennials will also attract butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden.
Big Sky Sunrise Coneflower. The coneflower is a beautiful choice for a container garden, but this Georgia coneflower is especially breathtaking. Its butter colored flowers are very fragrant, and as they age they turn a delicate cream. Also an excellent choice for your Houston, Texas mixed border, expect blooms from the spring through the fall. These perennials do best in full to partial sun, and prefer well-drained soil. This coneflower will also attract butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden, and make wonderful cut flowers for bouquets and arrangements.
Copper Canyon Daisy. Another daisy for your container garden, these pretty perennials have beautiful gold flowers. They will bloom all through the fall and sometimes even through winter if it is mild. (Always a strong possibility in Houston, Texas.) These perennials do very well in rock gardens, although they do need at least a few hours of full sun. Copper Canyon Daisies are another great flower that will bring butterflies to your container garden.
Firecracker Plant. This perennial is nothing short of spectacular, three feet tall with orange and yellow tubular flowers (there is also a pink variety that has pink and lavender blooms.) A perfect choice for brightening up your container garden, these perennials prefer full sun. They will bloom from April through the first frost in your Houston, Texas garden, and are also a great choice for mixed borders. These blooms will bring butterflies to your garden.
Strawberry Candy Daylily. If you are looking for four-inch flowers that bloom in shades of pink and rose for your container garden, try this spectacular Daylily. These hard to kill flowers will bloom from May through the end of June, and can tolerate temperatures down to 30 degrees (about as cold as it gets here in Houston, Texas.) They are also a good choice for groundcovers or mixed borders. Plant these perennials in full sun in your Houston, Texas garden.