While December is not the month when most people will be will be planting up containers, it’s always useful to have suggestions that we can implement when spring arrives. There are many reasons for using containers including lack of space and the ability to move planters around as the different flowers come into bloom. This list has been divided into three sections comprising annuals, perennials and woody plants. These top ten plants for containers are described in an article by Mary H Dyer which I found on the Gardening Know How website.

Whether you?re lagging in space, seeking more flexibility, live in a cooler climate or simply enjoy gardening with container plants, we?ve picked some of our favorites to add to your collection. Here are our top 10 plants for containers.


1. Marigolds (Tagetes)
Marigolds are tough, sun-loving flowers that comes in shades of bright yellow, orange, red and gold. Sizes range from petite varieties that top out at 5 inches, to big, bold cultivars of 18 inches or more.
2. Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)
This attractive annual plant is just the thing to add color to a low-light area, and even tolerates near-total shade. Look for impatiens in bright hues of red, pink, purple, white and orange.

Go to the next page to see more of Mary Dyer’s suggestions for a container garden.