These 5 plants can justifiably be called “tried and true.” They do well in the container situation, bloom profusely for a long time, and grow fast.
Calibrachoa are very close relatives to Petunias. The flowers are smaller, but there are more of them and Calibrachoa don’t require dead-heading.
Geranium/Pelargonium are faithful, stand-by plants for their continuous production of round clusters of flowers. Unfortunately, grasshoppers and tobacco budworms also really like Geraniums so keep an eye out for these pests.
Verbena has had a lot of hybridization work done lately resulting in very vigorous and floriferous plants. These plants can cause skin irrigation, though, so wear gloves when planting.
Impatiens are classic shade loving annuals. Impatiens growers like to give them interesting names like “Lavender Flame” and “Magenta Star.” In truth, Impatiens flowers are either red, white, or some shade of pink.
Coleus is a great choice for containers because of its pretty foliage. In fact, the flowers are rather weird looking spikes and I always cut them off when they appear. There are many varieties of Coleus. Some varieties are best for shade and others can handle full sun.
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