6 Best Ornamental Flowering Container Plants for Full Sun
You can add a splash of color to your front porch, balcony, or outdoor sitting area with these ornamental flowering container plants. Placing containers with vibrant colored flowers in the front walk will be a welcoming sight to visitors.
Mix and match flowers to decorate your garden, terrace, or stairways with a group of flowering container plants. You can use pots or reuse old containers around your home.
What does "full sun" mean?
Plants need a certain amount of daily sunlight exposure to flourish. When you buy plants, the ideal sunlight requirements are mostly printed on the tag, label, or seed package.
A planting location is considered to be "full sun" when it gets at least six full hours of direct sunlight on most days.
This article will share some of the best ornamental flowering container plants for full sun locations.
1. Busy Lizzie
Busy Lizzie (Impatiens walleriana) it is commonly known as impatiens, patience plant, patient Lucy, and garden balsam. It belongs to the family Balsaminaceae.
Busy Lizzies are annuals that grow to about 12–15 inches in height. The flowers bloom in shades of white, pink, red, and orange, while some are bicolored depending on the hybrid variety. The leaves are heart-shaped in shades of green. The seedlings begin to flower when they are 3/4 inches in height.
Busy Lizzies need bright sunlight and must be kept in places exposed to the full sun. Water these plants moderately so that the top layers of the soil dry out between watering.
These plants can grow in average soil (not too dry, not too moist). You can control the dryness of soil with regular watering. A soil composition with equal parts of sand, silt, and clay provides the best moisture level for the plants.
Apply a standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks throughout the active growth phase. Use a soil-based potting mixture. When the container becomes full of roots, move the plants into one size larger container. Busy Lizzies can be grown from seeds; they will take 10–20 days to germinate.
2. Supertunia Petunia
Supertunia petunia plants are annuals belonging to the family Solanaceae. The supertunia petunia plants grow to a height of about 6–24 inches. The flowers are funnel-shaped with frilly petals and bloom in colors of pink, yellow, purple, red, and white. The leaves these plants are hairy and somewhat sticky.
Supertunia petunias can be grown from seeds, but they are easier to grow from transplants. The seeds of these plants are tiny and need a lot of light to germinate.
They require a light, fertile soil with good drainage and weekly watering. Use a free-draining, soilless potting mix with slow-release fertilizer for containers. Remove faded/dead flowers to prolong blooming.
The Lantana plant has a sweet fragrance with bright colored flowers. They are low-maintenance plants belonging to the family Verbenaceae. They attract hordes of bees and butterflies to the garden. Dwarf types of lantana species are ideal for planting in containers. Dwarf lantanas reach a height of only 12–16 inches.
The flowers are five-lobed, tiny, and found in dense, hemispherical clusters made up of numerous small blossoms. Different color mixes of purple, red, orange, white, and yellow are found in the same cluster. They bloom nonstop from spring to fall and change colors as they age. The leaves are dark green, ovate, and toothed.
Plant the lantana in a container with a lightweight potting mix. Add a handful of sand, vermiculite, or perlite to enhance drainage. In shaded areas, the lantanas produce fewer blooms and are more susceptible to diseases.
4. Dwarf Canna Lily
The dwarf canna lily belongs to the Cannanaceae family and grows to about 1–1.5 meters in height. These varieties have been bred to be compact and have more number of stems per rhizome.
The dwarf canna lily is an attractive plant that blooms all summer in vibrant colors of orange, pink, and red. The leaves are large, paddle-shaped, stripped, or variegated and have shades of green and bronze.
It flourishes in full sun, good potting soil with watering once or twice a day. Add a slow-release granular or water-soluble fertilizer for the best growth. These plants can be propagated from rhizomes, but they slow down in growth when pot-bound. When this happens, lift the root-ball, divide the canna bulbs (rhizomes), and replant them.
5. Dwarf Sunflowers
Dwarf sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) belong to the Asteraceae family. These plants are hybrid varieties that grow to about 20 inches in height and bloom in colors of yellow, red, orange, and white. They are annuals that bloom from summer through early fall.
Dwarf sunflowers grow well in a soil that has good drainage; for best growth, use a faster-draining soil mix. They are drought-tolerant but need deep watering once a week. Add a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer once every month to help the plant to grow and bloom.
These plants are great as cut flowers for vases, because they don’t droop over like large sunflowers. Cut the flowers in the morning and immediately place the cuttings in a container of water. Trim the stems to the length that you need and put them in a vase. Change the water every few days and re-cut the stems to prolong the freshness of the flowers.
Wear gloves when you handle the flowers and leaves of the dwarf sunflower, because they have a prickly surface and may irritate your skin.
6. Celosia Arrabona
Celosia species belongs to the Amaranthaceae family and is commonly known as cockscomb, feathered amaranth, or woolflower.
The Celosia arrabona variety are low-maintenance, drought-tolerant dwarf plants that flourish in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. These plants bloom in colors of orange, pink, purple, white, red, and yellow. The flowers are found in clusters in elegant, feathery spikes.
Watering the plant regularly, especially during hot, dry periods, will help it to grow well and produce blooms. Fertilize the plant with a water-soluble, slow-release fertilizer to provide nutrients throughout the growing season. These plants can be grown from seeds.
Which one is your favorite plant?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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