A Container Flower Planter Guide

by James Huntley | Updated 11/08/19
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Whether you have a large yard or have limited space such as a porch or balcony, container flower planters can add a welcome addition to your outdoor space. There are only a few guidelines you need to follow in order to have great looking container flower planters all summer long.

Use a container that is large. This will allow the container to hold moisture longer and also provide plenty of room for the plants roots. If the plants have a healthy root system, they will produce healthier flowers. The container must have drainage holes in the bottom to allow excess water to escape. Use a good quality soil mix or potting soil for your container flower planters. Some of these mixes will contain a slow release fertilizer, if not you can always mix in some slow release fertilizer prior to planting the containers.

Select your flowers and plants based on the light conditions where the planter will be placed. If you are placing the container in a sunny location, select sun loving plants or if you are placing the container in a shady location, select shade loving plants. Typically annuals are a good choice if you live in an area with freezing temperatures during the winter. If you have a short growing season, plant you flowers close together to give your container a full look sooner. You can extend your growing season slightly by covering your containers in the spring and fall as the nighttime temperature approaches the freezing mark.

With container landscaping, determine the color or mood you want each container to convey. Arrange the flowers you have selected together before planting to make sure you like the look and feel.


Consider planting all one color such as all pink flowers or all white flowers for a monochrome look. Pastel flowers with their soft colors are most effective in gentle light or morning only sun. Bold, strong colors look best and will not wash out in bright sun. Use your imagination and pick colors for your containers that match the color on your house or group multi-color containers together for a bold statement. If you want to create a formal look to your containers, plant a single flower or several flowers of the same variety. For an informal container look, mix flower, colors and foliage types.

How often you water will depend on how hot or cold it is, if it’s dry or rainy, if it is calm windy; and on the size of your plants compared to the container. You need to fertilize your flowers regularly during the summer to keep them blooming. Remove or deadhead the faded flowers promptly. Trim away discolored foliage or broken stems.

Following these simple tips you will have success in container flower planters. Your flowers should thrive in their container, pot or planter and look great all summer long.


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