Experts choose favorite plants for containers

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What are your favorite flowers and/or vegetables to plant in containers or boxes?

Karl Z., Williamsport: “Geraniums are a good choice. They are available in a variety of colors and adapt well to containers.”

Edythe D., Loyalsock Township: “My favorites are black-eyed susans, flowering vines (like morning glory), ferns and ornamental cabbage.”

Deb S., Clarkstown: “There are so many interesting color combinations of coleus that I’m drawn to them every year. Also, to complement their height, I like the sweet potato vines. Then to fill in the middle space, I plant whatever strikes my fancy.”

Helen G., Hughesville: “Coleus, snap dragons, salvia, sweet potato vines and petunias in pinks, reds, blues and purples are my favorites.”

Irene H., Cogan Station: “Bacopa, Persian Shield sweet potato, begonias, coleus and dahlias are my favorites.”

Caroline B., Loyalsock Township: “My favorites are geraniums, petunias, ivy, pansies, begonias, coleus, daisies, tomatoes, peppers, basil and rosemary.”

Jenny P., Williamsport: “I plant a mix of herbs and flowers. My favorites are mint, lavender, rosemary, violas and dahlias.”