I love working with perennial flowers throughout my garden because they’re easy to care for, and they keep coming back year after year. It’s like getting tons of plants for the price of one! While I utilize perennials wherever possible throughout my yard, I love planting them in my porch planters most. Here are my favorite perennials for porch planters. You won’t be able to get enough!
Perennials For Porch Planters
Looking for a relatively easy perennial for your container garden? Look no further than Aster. Though Aster plants are only hard to grow zone four, they will do well in almost any environment provided that the soil is moist and temperatures aren’t too hot. Make sure to add a layer of rocks into the bottom of your container to provide your Aster plant with the necessary drainage.
Though it is tricky to say (and even harder to spell!) chrysanthemum grows wonderfully in containers. In fact, some gardeners say that these perennials do better in containers! These small, gorgeous beauties usually bloom in late Summer. Chrysanthemums should receive at least 6 hours of sunlight every day and should be planted in well-draining soil.
Not only does cranesbill (also known as Geranium) smell amazing, but it does wonderfully in containers, as well. Keep container soil moist, well-drained, and in an area of full sun to keep your cranesbill plant completely healthy. Cranesbill plants are even winter-hardy in growing zones 4-9. Though these perennials aren’t the flashiest of container plants, they do make wonderful supporting features.
This perennial LOVES growing in containers and is another one of the varieties that actually do better in containers. I love working with lavender because it looks great and smells even better. Gardeners should make sure container soil is well-drained and regularly dry. Water only when the first few inches of soil feel dry to the touch.
Salvia is one of my favorite perennials, and they do really well in containers as well. Apart from keeping the soil dry (overwatering is usually the killer of Salvia plants!) gardeners should also ensure that they choose the correct container size. Salvia plants love to spread their roots, so you’ll want something that gives them plenty of room to grow and spread out.
Sedum plants are great for gardeners who often forget to water. Because they are part of the succulent family, they love dry soil and tend to grow better when forgotten about for a period of time. Many Sedums do best in areas of full sun, making them perfect for the front or back porch. Sedums are even cold hardy to zone 2.