13 Beautiful Perennials for Pots and Containers

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Gardeners love anise hyssop, or agastache, for its scented leaves and colorful tubular flowers. Bloom spikes atop gray-green leaves attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.

1 - Agastache

North American asters, with deep blue-purple, lavender, and pink daisy-like blooms, are easy to grow. Late summer to fall asters beautify the yard and attract butterflies and bees.

2 – Aster

From June to October, black-eyed Susan is grown for its dark-centered golden daisy petals. Native rudbeckia is used in mass plantings, borders, meadows, cottage gardens, and containers.

3 – Black-eyed Susan

Nepeta, or catmint, has soft, fragrant, edible leaves and bridges the herb and perennial garden. Purple bloom spikes with petite, tubular flowers emerge from mounding gray-green foliage.

4 – Catmint

An iconic landscape native, echinacea, or coneflower, blooms in bright colors in July. Beneficial insects feed on disc florets surrounded by ray blooms.

5 – Echinacea

Garden decorative grasses move. Blades and plumes add contrast. Fountain grass has graceful blades and bright plumes. It varies in height, color, and endurance.

6 – Fountain Grass

Gaura, a beautiful perennial, has airy blossoms on wandlike stalks and a leafy base. The container garden looks lovely with white or pink Gaura flowers dancing among plants.

7 – Gaura

Heliopsis oxeye daisy, or sunflower, is from the east and central US. Golden sunflower-like blooms with fuzzy yellow button centers and rich green leaves bloom from summer to September.

8 – Heliopsis

Lenten roses, hellebores, with huge, cupped nodding blossoms and dark green palmate leaves. Hellebores have late winter/early spring evergreen or semi-evergreen leaves, depending on climate.

9 – Hellebore

North American coral bells, Heuchera, are evergreen in warmer climates. The foliage of Heuchera hybrids with mottled green, purple, bronze, black, red, or orange leaves is valued.

10 – Heuchera

Hostas add lush, sculptural leaves to the shaded container garden. Hostas add visual flair with its broad, strappy, or curling leaves.

11 – Hosta

Dappled gloom suits ferns. The foliage and stems of these perennials are lush. Japanese painted fern's frosted white, purple, and silvery green fronds symbolize melancholy.

12 – Japanese Painted Fern

Lantana's multicolored blossoms add beauty to the container garden all summer. Lanthanas are annual or perennial, with some being more winter-hardy in mild areas.

13 – Lantana

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