While old “classics” may be among the best perennials for container gardens, there are also new ones introduced every year. Only a few of those will stand the test of time and become classics.
In the past few years, many new perennials have been introduced. Heritage Perennials chose their top 8 that will work in container gardens.
My favorite perennials for container gardens are coreopsis, coneflower and yarrow for sun. I also have sempervivum (hens and chicks) that came up on their own in an old pot the first summer I lived in my house. The previous owner had planted them and 13 years later they are still growing. I re-potted them once!
I also have daylilies, coral bells, clematis, salvia, ajuga, ivy, vinca, nettle and hostas that I use in areas with partial shade to sun – dianthus and ferns too – almost forgot them.
Below is a list of recommended perennials for container gardens. Maybe some are already your favorites, but there may be some new ones for you to try growing as well. To find others, visit garden.org (National Gardening Association).
Enter your hardiness zone, plant type “perennial”, special features “good in containers”. You will get lots of recommendations.
Narrow your search by color, bloom time, sun, etc.
To make sure you are able to enjoy your perennials from year to year, learn how to overwinter them.
Partial shade to full sun
Partial shade to partial sun
Shade to full sun
See additional information about shade gardening.
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