Gardening in the southeastern United States presents challenges like no other region. Although this region experiences moderate temperatures most of the year, it does occasionally see frosty temperatures and varying levels of precipitation.
This region is highly varied, with every type of soil and vegetation imaginable. Temperature extremes and variations in humidity make it difficult to decide what types of plants to integrate into your landscaping.
Luckily, container gardening solves all of your landscaping problems. Whether you live in the swampiest city in Florida or the lushest forest in North Carolina, growing your plants in containers makes it easy to have a beautiful, versatile garden all throughout the year. Here are a handful of native plants for easy container gardening in the southeast.
Scarlet sage blooms nearly every month of the year and offers a delightful pop of color to your garden. Because it tolerates the shade, it can be housed in areas of your garden or deck where other plants might not thrive. While it does need to be periodically deadheaded, it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to your space.
Bloodroot is a great plant for a container, as its roots tend to attract voles when its planted directly into the ground. This plant produces tiny white flowers and is drought tolerant, making it a good choice for the drier months of the year.
This shrub produces unusually bright green, evergreen leaves and, in some cases, produces plump red berries. It grows up to fifteen feet in height but does need to be transplanted after a few years at this height. As long as it is provided adequate drainage, it can grow for years in a five-gallon pot on your deck. It can be trimmed into topiary shapes and makes an eclectic addition to the garden.
Rain lily plants are a great addition to any garden because they will help boost your mood after a long rainy spell. Flowers bloom after heavy rains showers, lighting up their containers with hot pink blossoms. These plants rarely reach a foot in height, so they are easy to grow and don’t take up much space.
Wood-anemone is ideal for container gardens because it tends to form a dense, sprawling mat as grows. This can easily choke out other plants nearby. Grown in a large pot or rectangular planter, this plant’s white flowers provide a nice accent to surrounding taller, bolder plants. The flowers bloom in the spring but do, however, take around five years to appear.
This flower is easy to care for, regardless of whether it is grown in the ground or in a container. It brings a pop of low-maintenance color to your patio all throughout the year. It can even be divided and repotted every three to five years, as it is a hardy perennial that loves the sun.
Cardinal flower depends heavily on hummingbirds for pollination. So, if you choose this luscious scarlet plant for your backyard container garden, make sure it is easily accessed. It blooms from May to October and prefers direct sunlight and lots of moisture.
Orange Butterfly Weed
Butterfly weed, like other monarch attractors, is a great container plant because it can be moved around for better viewability of butterflies, caterpillars, and other pollinators. This vibrant orange flower provides voluminous foliage, is easy to grow, and thrives even in poor soils, making it a great option for the lackadaisical container gardener.
This lavender-colored beauty is wonderful as a container plant, but can also be cut and brought inside for decorating vases. This low-maintenance plant only reaches one to three feet in height. It is absolutely lovely when planted with other pollinator-attracting species, such as coreopsis or Bellflower.
Phlox can be difficult to grow in vastly fluctuating temperatures, so growing it in a container is the way to go. You can move it back and forth from inside your house to your patio when the mercury dips. It is a ground cover so it won’t overwhelm the appearance of your taller plants. Its pale purple petals will form a nice accent to your existing container garden.