Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 3
June 2007
Container Gardening Made Simple

Recommended perennials

There are several perennials that require little, if any, winter protection in containers.
  • Yarrow (Achillea) is attractive in pots and has a long blooming period. I like the more compact pearl yarrow (Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl'), which is extremely cold resistant.

  • Daisies will bloom through most of the summer. If you want a large, showy bloom, the Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum x superbum) is ideal.

  • Hostas have impressive foliage and some species look lushly tropical. I always place a ring of crushed oyster shells (you can easily improvise) around the base of the plant to discourage slugs. Hostas do equally well in partial shade or sun.

  • Hydrangeas are a good choice for cool, shady spots. They provide beautiful foliage during the summer, and spectacular, huge blooms late in the growing season. I trim them back in the fall.

  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis) impressively cascade over pot edges. The cheerful yellow blooms of the Stella d'Oro daylily (Hemerocallis 'Stella d'Oro') are profuse and last throughout the growing season. The plant's compressed shape makes it ideal for containers.

  • Cinquefoil (Potentilla) is a sturdy, hardy broadleaf shrub, which blooms all summer and survives cold winters.

  • Roses provide both color and fragrance to containers. I've had particular success with the Morden Blush rose (Rosa 'Morden Blush'), which survives low temperatures - and even neglect - admirably.

  • Pincushion flowers (Scabiosa caucasica) are small and produce blooms all growing season. Deadheading helps promote abundant blossoms.

  • Stonecrop (Sedum) has succulent foliage and produces massive blooms throughout the growing season. It will flourish in light or partial shade. The flower stalks can be left intact to provide an interesting winter landscape.

Plant variety adds interest.
Plants of differing heights add variety to container gardens.
  Porch dressing
Container gardens can bring your patio or porch to life.


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