Flower Ideas for a Child's Wagon

Q: My aunt lives in West Texas. I am wondering what flower she can plant in an old child's wagon,it is in full sun. Any suggestions?

Hardiness Zone: 8a

Karent from Brownwood, TX

A: Karent,

Your aunt can think of the wagon as a large container or a larger holder for containers depending on how she wants to look at it. If she wants to plant flowers directly into the wagon, be sure to tell her to drill drainage holes in the bottom. The advantage to filling the wagon with pots for flowers is that she can change them out according to the seasons (e.g. flower for summer, pumpkins for fall and evergreens for winter). Either way, she has pretty limitless choices. If planting multiple plants, I suggest she use Thrillers (tall or colorful, focal point plants), combined with Frillers (filler plants) and Trailers (trailing plants). For sun or partial shade, here are some trio ideas:

  • Geraniums (thriller), Petunias (filler) and lantana (trailer)
  • Coleus (thriller), dusty miller (filler) and potato vine (trailer)
  • Sage (thriller), marigold (filler) and thumbergia (trailer)
  • Lantana (thriller), verbena (filler) and alyssum (trailer)
  • Zinnia (thriller), melampodiums (fillers) and nierembergia (trailer)
  • Snap dragons (thriller), asparagus fern (filler) and vinca (trailer)

You can also create wonderful waves of easy-to-maintain color with a solid planting of wave petunias or pansies.

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April 1, 20060 found this helpful

How about the bright colored, care free Moss Rose or Rose Moss covering the wagon bed.


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April 1, 20060 found this helpful

Ivy geraniums work well - don't need much care and always bloom

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April 2, 20060 found this helpful

To be completely honest, I wouldn't plant the flowers in the wagon. I live in the N texas panhandle directly in the armpit of Oklahoma. I have tried planting flowers in shallow objects like a wagon and they just burn up in the hot Texas sun and hard blowing winds. Plant the flowers in pots and set them in the wagon would be my suggestion.

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April 6, 20060 found this helpful

We have an old wagon in our back yard. I have

planted impatients some years and rose moss

in others. We live in the same "zone".

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