Easy Flower Pot and Container Planting Ideas

Colorful flower pot ideas and inspiration for your container gardens.

Colorful plant and flowers in ceramic container.

Today’s post is pure Spring inspiration; easy flower pot and container planting ideas just for you!

I’m sharing the gorgeous flower art of one of my besties.

Ruth is that girl you know, gloriously gifted with both sides of the brain; smarts and artistic chops.

Not fair, right? But she is so kind and generous; you really can’t hold it against her.

Spring Planting Flower Pot Inspiration

I’ve watched in wonder, year in and year out, as she creates her colorful artwork in the soil.

I love her unabashed use of hue and texture. At the peak of the summer, it’s such a treat to sit in her backyard and take it all in.

Colorful planted flower pots

Perhaps the reason you are drawn to flowers is not only for their outer beauty, but because they remind you beautiful things will bloom after the longest seasons of waiting.

– Morgan Harper Nichols

Ruth doesn’t save it for just the backyard. Her front porch is also ablaze with welcoming color and just the right touch of quirkiness.

She never does exactly the same design each year, but she does repeat some flower varieties that are beautiful and perform best.

Don’t miss this pretty DIY succulent planter.

Ruth’s Flower Picks

Begonias always have vibrant color
Big Headed Marigolds big pops of color and are prolific
Coleus great for color and longevity
Double Begonias beautiful color
Grasses for vertical height
New Guinea Impatiens bold color and rich dark leaves
Spanish Ivy to add green and texture

Always read the plant label for exposure recommendations based on the flower or plant variety.

Colorful plant and flowers in ceramic container

Flower Ideas for Container Gardening

Here’s more inspiration for planning your own arrangements.

Full Sun

These flowers and plants will thrive in your flower pots in full sun.

They should be easy to find in your local garden center.

Cape Daisy
Million Bells
Ornamental Pepper

Be sure to see fall flower arranging ideas and this cool barn renovation.

Colorful plant and flowers in ceramic container

Partial to Full Sun

If you have a spot that gets a variety of sun exposure, these flower ideas may be great to try.

Coral Bells
Pansies and Violas

For more inspiration see hanging flower planter tutorial and DIY artificial arrangements.

Planted flower ceramic blue container


If you don’t have full sun, don’t despair! There are many gorgeous flowers and plants that work well in a shaded landscape.

Begonias partial shade to the indirect sun
Coral Bells partial shade to the indirect sun
Creeping Jenny
Persian Shield
Trailing Lobelia
Wishbone Flower

For more ideas, see flowers that start with p.

Colorful Spring flower pots planting

Finding the Perfect Pot or Planter

Ruth has collected her pots and containers over the years.

She has snagged many deals at garden center’s year-end sales or at discount stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, or Home Goods.

If you keep your eyes open year-round, you can find your own perfect ceramic or clay containers for very good prices.

Colorful planted flower pots and containers

This year, enjoy the process of planning and planting, and then sit back and bask in the fruits of your labor for months to come.

For more low maintenance container plants advice, ideas, and inspiration, see this post.

Check out this hummingbird garden article to learn all about what to plant to attract hummingbirds to your yard.

I hope you enjoyed the beauty and shot of color today. Let me know if you have any questions for Ruth in the comments below.

Please let me know how your flowers pots and containers turn out in the comment box below. I love to hear from you. Be sure to subscribe or follow me on social media for more inspiration! Happy Spring gardening to you.


2 comments on “Easy Flower Pot and Container Planting Ideas

  1. I love your pots and how they look together with the plants/flowers you use. Where did your pots come from?

    1. Thanks, Angela! Ruth has collected her pots and containers over time, some at garden centers and many from discount stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, or Home Goods. 🙂

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