The 7 Best Flowering Container Garden Plants for Sunny Areas

Illustration: © The Spruce, 2018
  • 01 of 07

    Plants for a Sunny Container

    Petunias in window box
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    Have a sunny spot on your patio, deck or porch? Need an accent for a bright spot in your garden? These beautiful plants are hard to kill and will thrive in container gardens in full sun. They are also lovely and common enough to easily find. But just because they're common doesn't mean you can't make them look spectacular in the right container.

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  • 02 of 07

    Million Bells

    Double Purple Million Bells
    Photograph © Kerry Michaels

    Calibrachoa, also known as million bells, comes in about a million spectacular colors that range from pure white to different shades of pink to deep purple.

    Calibrachoa looks great in almost any container garden. The prolific blossoms attract hummingbirds and butterflies and will go strong all summer with regular feeding.

    Calibrachoas don't need deadheading, but they do need consistent watering and good drainage. You can't go wrong with million bells in almost any container.

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  • 03 of 07


    Red White and Blue
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    Verbena is a great container garden plant for sun because it will flower like crazy all summer long and into the fall. It plays well with others, looking good by filling in spaces and spilling over edges with it's densely clustered blossoms.

    There are many colors of verbena to choose from brilliant red to dark blue. These profuse bloomers are extremely forgiving. They are drought tolerant and only need an average amount of water. They do need good drainage and, like most flowering annuals, verbenas need to be fed every couple of weeks. Though deadheading isn't necessary for most common varieties, your plant will look much better if you cut it back when blooms fade.

    Verbenas are great for attracting butterflies.

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  • 04 of 07

    Cape Daisy

    Photo © Kerry Michaels

    Osteospermum, or Cape Daisy, are cheerful, forgiving (they are hardy to 25 F) and come in a variety of handsome colors from a deep pink to melon, purple and white.

    Though the tags say no deadheading is necessary, the plants certainly will look better if you do. Fertilize regularly, make sure they have good drainage and they will last well into fall. If they start getting leggy, cut way back.

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  • 05 of 07


    Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This flowering plant has wonderful blossoms with a velvety texture, rich blue color, and contrasting center. Browallia, or Bush Violet, goes well with almost anything and its height, 12 to 14 inches, is great for use in the middle of a mixed container garden. Browallia isn't fussy at all but needs protection from too much wind. Good drainage is important. With regular feeding, this profuse bloomer will go strong all summer long.

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    Photo © Kerry Michaels

    Pentas rock in container gardens. The clusters of star-shaped flowers are large and spectacular. Pentas, also called Egyptian star flowers, attract butterflies and hummingbirds love the dark pink and red varieties. They don't need much care and will thrive, once established, even through heat and drought. With regular feeding, good soil and good drainage, your pentas should bloom until fall.

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  • 07 of 07


    Photograph © Kerry Michaels

    Petunias come in a ridiculous assortment of colors and sizes and now self-deadhead, which is great, because deadheading petunias is not a good time. They love lots of sun but don't love too much heat so depending on your climate, you may need to give them some mid-day shade.