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Best Choice Annuals for Container Gardens and Hanging Baskets

Name

Colour

Description

Height

Exposure

Anagalis

blue, pink

vigorous vine for mixed baskets

trails

full sun

Angelonia

various

compact, fast growing, upright

18"

full sun to part shade

Argyranthemum

Cobbitty Daisy

pink, white, yellow

hybrid marguerite daisy

10-24"

full sun

Asparagus Fern

green

fine, needle-like leaves

trails

part shade

Bacopa

white, mauve

vigorous trailer with small white flowers

trails

full sun to part shade

Bidens

yellow

small daisy-like flowers

10-14"

full sun

Brachycome

purple

bright daisies with lacy foliage

trails

full sun

Calceolaria

yellow

bright, pocket-book flowers on an upright plant

10-12"

part shade

Calibrachoa

Million Bells

various

small trailing petunias that don’t need deadheading

trails

full sun to part shade

Campanula

blue, white

hardy, branching plant with bell-shaped flowers

trails

full sun

Carnation

pink, white, red

fragrant, semi-upright to upright plant

18"

full sun

Coleus

various

Compact and colourful

8-12"

full sun to part shade

Convolvulus sabatius

Morning Glory

Lavender blue

flowers contrast nicely with dark green foliage

8”

Trails

full sun to part shade

Creeping Charlie

blue

vine with scalloped green and white foliage

trails

full sun to part shade

Creeping Jenny

yellow

dark green, glossy leaves with yellow flowers

trails

full sun to part shade

Cuphea (Mexican Heather)

purple

very small, glossy leaves and small purple flowers

10-12"

full sun

Dahlberg Daisy

yellow

feathery foliage with bright      daisies

trails

full sun

Dahlia

yellow, red, pink and white

compact brightly coloured flowers

8-10"

full sun to part shade

Diascia

various

small delicate flowers on dainty foliage

12-16"

full sun to part shade

Dracaena

green

tall, stiff spikes of leaves

36"

full sun to part shade

English Ivy

green, variegated

green or variegated vines with many different leaf shapes

trails

part shade

Euphorbia

white

dark green foliage with dainty white flowers

12-18"

full sun to part shade

Fuchsia

various

single or double blooms on     upright or trailing plants

30" /trailing

part to full shade

Gazania

various

green or silver leaves with large daisy-like flowers

trails

full sun

German Ivy

green

dark green, glossy leaves—similar to holly

trails

full sun to part shade

Gypsophila

white

delicate leaves with white flowers

20"

full sun to part shade

Helichrysum

Licorice Plant

Silver

lush trailing plant with silver    foliage

trails

full sun to part shade

Heliotrope

dark purple

dark green leaves with fragrant flowers

14"

full sun

Ice Plant

various

succulent leaves with bright daisy-like flowers

trails

full sun

Ipomoea

Sweet Potato Vine

white, pink

a vigorous vine with ornamental folaige

trails

full sun to part shade

Lamiastrum

yellow

aggressive, variegated trailer

trails

part shade

Lamium

white, pink

variegated leaves with pink or white flowers

trails

part shade

Lantana

orange, yellow

green or variegated foliage with clusters of small flowers

12-18"

full sun

Laurentia

blue

lacy foliage with small, star-shaped flowers

trails

full sun to part shade

Licorice Plant

white

grey, fuzzy leaves, nice contrast plant

trails

full sun to part shade

Lobelia

various

Trailing or upright flowering plant with fine textured foliage

trails/upright

full to part shade

Lotus Vine

orange, yellow, red

silvery, needle-like leaves

trails

full sun to part shade

Lysimachia

yellow

Small yellow flowers with trailing dark green foliage

trails

full sun to part shade

Marguerite Daisy

blue, white, pink, yellow

floriferous annual daisy

24"

full sun

Marigold - Tagetes

orange, yellow, red

lacy, aromatic foliage

10-12"

full sun

Mimulus

Various

dark green foliage with bright flowers

trails

part shade

Muehlenbeckia

dark green

tiny emerald green leaves

trails

full sun to part shade

Nasturtium

various

rounded green leaves with bright flowers

trails

full sun

Nemesia

various

semi-trailing, snapdragon-like flowers

10-16"

full sun to part shade

New Guinea

Impatiens

various

vigorous upright plants with large flowers

8-12"

part shade to full shade

Nierembergia

blue, white

delicate, cup-shaped flowers on a trailing plant

trails

full sun to part shade

Osteospermum

various

a beautiful daisy with fine        textured foliage

8-24"

full sun

Oxalis

burgundy

delicate burgundy coloured leaves, pink blushed flowers

12"

part shade to full shade

Petunia

various

abundant flowers on

mounding growth

6-10"

full sun

Plectranthus

green

soft foliage, excellent filler

12"

full sun to part shade

Purslane (Portulaca)

various

succulent leaves and bright      flowers

trails

full sun

Sanvitalia

yellow

mounding plant with tiny bright yellow flowers

6-8"

full sun

Scaevola

blue, white

bushy plant with blue, fan-shaped flowers

trails

full sun

Schizanthus

various

ferny foliage with dense   clusters of bright flowers

10-12"

full sun

Snapdragon

various

dark green leaves with spikes of two-lipped flowers

trails

full sun

Strawflower

pink, yellow

everlasting, papery flower

12-14"

full sun

Strobilanthes

Persian Shield

purple

variegated purple-pink foliage

18-24"

full sun to part shade

Supertunia

various

trailing petunia, slightly larger flower then Surfinia

trails

full sun

Surfinia

various

trailing petunia, does not require deadheading

trails

full sun

Swedish Ivy

white, mauve

easy to grow vine with scalloped leaves

trails

part to full shade

Sweet Pea

various

sweet smelling flowers

trails

full sun

Thunbergia (Black-eyed Susan)

orange, yellow

heart-shaped leaves with bright flowers

trails

part shade

Torenia

blue, pink, yellow

trailing plant that will root where ever it touches the soil

trails

part shade

Verbena

various

ferny foliage with clusters of bright flowers

trails

full sun

Vinca Vine

blue, white

green and white variegated, glossy leaves

trails

full sun to part shade