Summer container

Best summer containers

Follow our simple 'recipes' for perfect summer pots, mixing perennials, bedding and ornamental grasses.

Summer wouldn’t be complete without some beautiful containers. Whatever look you’re going for, we’ve done the hard work for you, picking a mix of plants for sun and shade, in a range of different colours and planting styles.


Watch our No Fuss Guide to planting a summer pot.

Our selection mixes traditional bedding plants such as garvinea with perennials such as black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), achillea and penstemon, with grasses and foliage plants for extra interest. Take inspiration from our selection, below.

Whatever look you're going for, we've done the hard work for you.

Hot colours

This fiery pot is perfect for a sunny spot.

Crocosmia x crocosmiflora ‘Emily McKenzie’


Rudbeckia fulgida ‘City Garden’

Anemanthele lessoniana (also sold as Stipa arundinacea)


Bedding container

This bright pot will thrive in a sunny position. The plants may not be fully hardy, so will need some protection over winter.

Garvinea (hardy gerbera)

Begonia sutherlandii

Carex comans

Angelonia angustifolia


Meadow planting

This meadow-inspired pot will do best in a sunny spot.

Centranthus ruber

Achillea ‘Terracotta’

Salvia nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’

Hordeum jubatum

Linaria purpurea

Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’



This pot will attract bees and other pollinators.

Achillea millefolium ‘Red Velvet’

Malva sylvestris ‘Brave Heart’


Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’

Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Cat’


Shady container

This planting combination will thrive in a shady area.

Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’

Tiarella ‘Iron Butterfly’

Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’ (also sold as Dicentra)


Ivy (Hedera helix)


Keep the display going

Many of the plants shown here are perennials. Cut back after flowering and they should reappear next year. Alternatively, plant in the garden when the display is over.