We’re halfway through January and if you live in the northern part of the U.S. like me, that means gardening season is still months away. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dream about this year’s garden spaces. To brighten your wintry day, I’m featuring potted flower ideas to consider for 2023.
I love the first emergence of spring flowers like daffodils, tulips, crocus, grape hyacinth, and more. What I don’t love is how the flowers look after their done blooming. Planting them in a container, like the whiskey barrel here, makes it easier to dig them up and store them for next year.
Container gardens can elevate your flowers when you use a taller pot. A variety of tuberous begonias add fun color to a shady location. I keep this flower pot in the same location every year and the begonias do extremely well and they’re so showy.
Here’s another one that sits by the walkway to my front door. I can’t recommend tuberous begonias enough. They’re super easy to care for and they come in a variety of styles and color.
Geraniums always look pretty in a pot. Group some of your container gardens together for visual impact. That little bowl of succulents can be moved indoors for the winter. If you have any succulent houseplants, be sure to move them outside when the weather warms up.
Consider layering your containers. A potted geranium is nestled inside a vintage box for an interesting look.
Don’t forget about window boxes like this sweet example on a pink house with dark green shutters. The best gardening advice I received last year was to put geraniums in my south-facing window boxes. We have a large tree in front so that side of the house is shaded until noon. I didn’t think the geraniums would get enough sun. I’ve tried impatiens but the afternoon heat and sun is too much for them (sunpatiens didn’t work either). But the geraniums flourished! They can take the heat and drought and noon to 7 pm sunlight was enough to keep them blooming their hearts out.
I need to find a big old worn garden pot like this one to fill with lavender. Love this look!
Another potted perennial that looks dainty and whimsical is beeblossom grass (also known as wand flower and whirling butterflies). It doesn’t require a lot of care and looks so pretty tucked inside baskets. This charmer is deer resistant so feel free to plant it in flower beds.
Potted flowers are a great opportunity to test your skill at combining flower types and colors. Just be sure the flowers you choose require the same amount of sun and water conditions, otherwise, there are no rules.
Another idea is to keep the same flower family in one pot, but use variations. I have this worn pot nestled atop a tree stump and filled it with two types of petunias.
Can’t wait until summer to enjoy flowers? This hanging basket is filled with faux flowers that you don’t realize are fake until you’re up close.
Do you use potted flowers in your garden? Maybe on the porch, on a patio, or even tucked in between shrubs and trees.