The 6 Best Flowering Container Garden Plants for Sunny Areas

Illustration: © The Spruce, 2018

If you have a sunny spot on your patio, deck, or porch and or need an accent for a bright spot in your garden, a container garden is perfect for you. These flowering container garden plants are hard to kill and will thrive in container gardens in full sun. They are also lovely and common enough to easily find. Just because they are common, does not mean you cannot make them look spectacular in the right container.

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    Million Bells

    Double Purple Million Bells
    Photograph © Kerry Michaels

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

    Million bells look great in almost any container garden. The prolific blossoms attract hummingbirds and butterflies and will go strong all summer with regular feeding. These plants do not need deadheading, but they do need consistent watering and good drainage. Million bells will grow well in almost any container.

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    Verbena

    Red White and Blue
    Photograph © Kerry Michaels

    Verbena is a great container garden plant for sun because it will flower like crazy all summer long and even into the fall. It plays well with others and looks good by filling in spaces and spilling over edges with its densely clustered blossoms. Verbenas are great for attracting butterflies.

    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 is not necessary for most common varieties, your plant will look much better if you cut it back when blooms fade.

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    Cape Daisy

    Osteospermum
    Photo © Kerry Michaels

    Osteospermum, or cape daisy, are cheerful, forgiving (they are hardy to 25 degrees Fahrenheit), 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 deadhead them. If you fertilize your cape daisy plant regularly and make sure it has good drainage, it will last well into fall. If it starts getting leggy, cut it back.

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    Browallia

    Browallia
    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 is not 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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    Pentas

    Pentas
    Photo © Kerry Michaels

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

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    Petunias

    Petunias
    Photograph © Kerry Michaels

    Petunias come in a ridiculous assortment of colors and sizes and now self-deadhead, which is great because deadheading petunias can take forever. They love lots of sun but do not love too much heat. Depending on your climate and average temperatures, you may need to give them some midday shade.