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Top 10 Plants for Containers

Want to grow plants and add some colour to your outdoor spaces but don’t have the space to dig in the dirt? Sounds like you would benefit from a container garden!

Planting in containers or pots is an easy way to bring a fresh look to your yard or other outdoor space. You can add color and greenery to liven up drab spaces and bring in that fresh summer vibe!

Here are 10 of the best container plans that won’t let you down:


1) Lantana

Fast-growing lantana produces rounded clusters of small, brightly colored flowers in a vast variety of colours such as yellow, orange, white, and red. It is often used in hanging baskets and does especially well in pots, as it can have a tendency to take over. Lantana grows best in full sun and prefers well-draining soil.


2) Begonia

Tuberous or Non-Stop begonias are renowned for their bright colours and long flowering season. They produce masses of flowers, and are ideal for growing in baskets and pots. Available in a wide range of colours including red, yellow, and pink. They grow best in part shade and prefer to be consistently well watered.


3) Coleus

Coleus plants are grown for their velvety foliage that comes in combinations of bright red, burgundy, yellows, green, pink, brown and bronze. Coleus are ideal for summer pots and containers, as they add a unique, almost exotic touch to an annual arrangement. Depending on the variety, coleus can grow in a sunny or partially shaded spot to bring out their beautiful leaf colours. They do best in moist but well drained soil.


4) Succulents

Growing a succulent container garden is easy and satisfying. Having evolved in some of the world’s harshest conditions, succulents are vigorous plants that require very little water. The biggest challenge when learning how to grow succulents is to avoid loving them too much. These plants don’t do well if they are overwatered or overfed and thrive off neglect! This makes them perfect for the gardener who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend on tending plants.


5) Herbs

Planting herbs in containers is popular and convenient because they are easy to maintain with fewer weeds and pests to bother your crops. You can grow almost any herb in a container but if you’re mixing herbs in the same pot, group plants according to similar water, light, and soil requirements. As long as these conditions are right, the plants will thrive and you’ll have fresh herbs at your fingertips all summer long.


6) Lobelia

Lobelia is an annual flower that comes in a variety of vibrant hues including sky or true blue, pure white, and purple. It is coveted and sought after by gardeners. The small two-lipped tubular flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, bees and other insect pollinators. Growing lobelia is quite easy. These versatile flowering plants can be used in hanging baskets, window boxes, in mass plantings, or wherever a cheerful splash of color is needed.


7) Fuchsia

Have a shady spot that needs some colour? With their spectacular pendent blooms, Fuchsia’s are especially suited to being grown in pots and containers. Fuchsia’s come in many unique varieties.  Most fuchsias will be happy growing in part sun but they do tend to prefer shade! Plant them in well-draining soil and keep them consistently watered, as they don’t like to dry out!


8) Dahlia

Growing Dahlias in pots is an easy way to enjoy these colorful flowers, even if you’re short on space. The right watering techniques, soil, and light exposure will give you abundant blooms from midsummer until fall. Give them full sun and allow them to dry out between waterings.


9) Impatiens

Another shade lover, impatiens are tropical plants grown for their vibrant blooms that easily brighten up a shady patio or a shadowy corner of a yard. This annual plant is versatile, and it can thrive in planters or hanging baskets. Impatiens will flourish and look stunning in a container as long as the conditions are right. They prefer full to part shade, and moist soil.


10) Lavender

Lavender is an asset in any garden. It’s highly fragrant, produces beautiful blooms, attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators, and performs especially well in pots and containers! It can be used as a culinary herb as well. Provide it with plenty of sunlight and keep it well watered and it will reward you with fragrant blooms all season long!

Happy planting!

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Eden Younger
Eden has been a member of the Anything Grows team for six years. She has a passion for house plants but also loves expanding her knowledge of horticulture and the needs of outdoor plants!

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