Types of Flowers to Plant in Whiskey Barrels


Container gardening using a whiskey barrel is widely popular. The aged wood appearance of the barrel is an attractive addition to a yard, patio or anywhere the gardener wishes. For plants to use in a whiskey barrel container garden the possibilities include most any flower that is adaptable to a confined growing area.


  • Coreopsis, or Coreopsis grandiflora, is a fast growing perennial that is easy to grow. It is aptly suited for container gardening and produces abundant flowers. Flowers bloom daisy-like in appearance and are a yellow to gold color. Plant a coreopsis in mostly sunny conditions to full sun. Soil should be dry and ordinary. Propagate via clump division or seed.


  • Calendula, or Calendula officinalis, is an easy to grow annual. It grows quickly, reaching 12 to 30 inches in height and the same in width. This is a great addition to an herb container garden. Leaves are oval at the bottom and lance-like at the top. Plant a calendula in average soil in sun or partial shade conditions. Propagate via seed. It should be cut back in the hottest weather conditions.

Chocolate Daisy

  • Chocolate daisy, or Berlandiera lyrata, is a perennial with gray-green foliage. The leaves smell like chocolate and this unique quality makes it interesting. Yellow flowers have a maroon center and bloom April through November. It grows 1 to 2 feet high. Plant a chocolate daisy in sun or partial shade in moist soil. Propagate via seed. It will need deadheading to have continuous blooming. This is a great patio container addition as it will give the entire area an interesting aroma.


  • Ageratum, or Ageratum houstonianum, is a great container annual. It grows 2 feet high with fuzzy flowers that are blue, purple, pink or lavender. Oval leaves are 4 inches long. Plant an ageratum in bright sunlight and water it regularly. Propagate via seed. This plant makes a nice rounded mum-like addition to your garden and has the ability to self-seed.

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