Containers give great color to your yard and can create visual impact amongst other flowers or to dress up a walkway, patio, porch or seating area. Best of all, they can be moved around to suit your needs!
I planted a couple of them last year myself, in addition to buying ready-planted hanging baskets from my favorite nursery for the porch. Some of my containers I over-wintered to use again this year. The flowers in the hanging baskets I did not save; but I saved the baskets so I can plant new flowers in them this year. Most people use annual flowers in their containers, but many perennials can be grown in containers also.
Here's a picture I found of a really attractive container that I am going to try and duplicate this year.
The container "recipe" for this one includes coleus (Red Ruffles,pictured) calibrachoa (Superbells series) and ivy (hedera helix).
Calibrachoa is a small, fast-growing flower, similar to petunias and they bloom all season, making them a popular choice for containers. It makes a great filler, but is also commanding enough to stand alone too.
Some other great container annuals: annual phlox (phlox drummondii), lobelia, begonias,candytuft,verbena, dead nettle, licorice plant, sweet potato vine, lysimachia, angelonia,nemesia, sweet alyssum, euphorbia, lantana and flossflower.
I certainly have the gardening itch already!