I was other as well. I don't do a lot of containers, but do have a couple on my back deck. In one is a Harry Lauder, in another a fountain grass, usually petunias or something colorful in another, and dwarf conifers in a long skinny one built into the railing as a screen.
I use huge containers in nearly all my flowerbeds, as well as decorating around the house, patio and garages.Most of them are identical because I love the continuity it brings to the florascape.
I love to mix tropicals, annuals ,perennials, and herbs in some of the pots close to the tropical beds, then use single color plantings in other areas where I want to accent something-like the big pots of orange impatiens on the east side of the house. They really nicely accent the vibrant entry door, that somehow looks rather lonely in the winter, without her colorful sidekicks of the summer..
Ive found I can only be successful growing fish geraniums in pots. Ive been unable to achieve the drainage they need elsewhere. I have Rose Glory Bower in a large pot because some on here have said they spread aggressively. I also grow amaryllis and kalanchoe in pots but the amaryllis will go in the ground eventually. I tried growing veggies in SWC's last year but had poor results so all veggies are in the square foot garden this year except potatoes which I am growing in baskets. I have angel wing begonias in hanging baskets on my front porch and matching permanent pots of snake plant, zebrina and a (green trailing plant with arrow-shaped leaves that I cant remember the name of) framing the window on the porch. I keep brugies in pots so I can lift them for the winter. I have wax begonias in pots as well as roses. I keep some things in pots and just move them around until I can find a place in my landscape that they like.
I voted "other" as well because I grow everything that was listed, plus some perennials, in containers (also have regular flower beds.) I also grow various small Japanese Maples in pots. Like Sashagirl, I think it's fun to place various containers in and around my garden. Her idea of accenting her colorful entry door with a big pot of orange impatiens is one that I'm going to steal! Thanks!
I had a huge Angel wing begonia when I lived in KCMO. It traveled to Florida, Virginia, and back to Florida with me. The plant, pot, and everything fell out of the truck as I was changing apartments and that was the last I saw of it.
I had a guam boonie pepper about 5 feet tall in a washtub, but I didn't get it inside quick enough last year, and it was frosted real bad. I have another one sprouted right now that I plan to train as a standard. I hope to keep this one a lot longer.
Zinnas and other butterfly nectar plants, plus plants that are host plants for butterflies. Pansies for the Var. Fritilaries, Dill and parsley for the Black Swallowtail. Then Citrus trees for the Giant Swallowtails. Cabbage is a host for the whites.
Did I mention I garden for butterflies??
I said something else. I do do annuals in containers, I have tropicals in containers, I have shrubs in containers and will have tophot dwarf blueberries when I can get to them. I will also so hedge roses in containers this summer. They are way too small to plant in the lawn; if I did that hubby would mow them down for sure. Hopefully by fall they will be a bit bigger and easier to see. Oh herbs in my containers as well.
I think "other" usually equates to "all of the above." And I had to laugh about your husband mowing things down. I've been working on a mixed shrub border along our driveway for years and can't tell you how many have fallen to the weedwacker cord... When he's on a roll, there's no stopping him.
A little of everything in containers, in the ground, raised beds. We had a large sweet boxer who had no understanding of gardens, she would walk through anything, short or tall. Lots of plants were put into pots while she was alive. Our Lab never stepped foot in the garden, she went around, plants in the dirt. Now we have a wiener dog, she goes anywhere just by walking under, raised beds keep her out. She also digs out moles in the yard, nice but watch out for holes.
Cece -- my family hails from Waukesha. Mom and her siblings were born there. Family names Golemgeske or Opsahl, I think there may still be some hanging around. I haven't been back there for years, although as a child we went fairly often. Fond memories, particularly of the sudden summer thunderstorms which were quite spectacular to me.
Wow. I remember it as a smallish place, although I'm guessing my great grandparents lived in a more rural area. I remember dirt yards and screened porches, Hispanic kids to play with (language was no barrier). This was back in the 50s/60s.
Here's a fun memory: Great grandma Golemgeske came to visit about when I was entering puberty. She bunked in my room and I think I slept on the floor or something. Great grandma was about 5 foot nothing and as wide as she was tall. I was facinated with the fact that her chest was flat and her breasts seemed to be tucked into the belt of her shirtwaist dress. I couldn't imagine what kind of bra she wore, so I would sneak peaks as she was undressing for bed to try to sort it all out, but she was very modest and I never did figure it out. Alas...time and gravity has clarified the mystery...
Cece, I've seen pics of your containers, I agree. An "all of the above" is in order!
I'm a smaller-scale of the same idea: mix annuals, perennials. Other containers (fertilize flowers from water garden water changes, don't trust that with edibles) herbs, now trying leafy greens. Still facing North in apt bldg. At least i have a roof for now. :-)
I don't know how or when, but I was transitioning toward containers more and more. As a trees hugger, I myself can't part with trees. Over the years trees grow, shade took over the sunny garden. So now, to balance them out. I grow sunny loving plants in containers that I can move them around in order to provide them the amount of sunshine they deserve.
I guess I really should have hit Other instead of Tropicals.
I actually grow about anything in Containers.
Tropicals, Perennials (especially Hosta), some Annuals and Water/Aquatic/Bog Plants.
We usually have 100+ containers going every Summer.
Hosta, especially the Miniatures, and Sedums love Pots and winter over in them quite well.