Most people plant annuals (plants that don’t come back year after year) in their containers, but Messman says perennials (plants that will grow year after year when planted in the ground) are also something to consider.
“If you put it in a pot, it might not come back next year,” she says, but the diversity of options is appealing. “If you want something different, perennials work in containers,” Messman says. “Hydrangea bushes are beautiful. Bloomstruck starts out pink and then goes to blue to purple to red. They are beautiful and bloom all year.” Other perennials to consider include hostas, coral bells, boxwoods and arborvitaes.