Whether you’re a seasoned veteran gardener who is well suited to begin planting in outdoor containers, or an amateur who simply loves to begin with small plants in pots, there is plenty here to get you started. This article on the best plants for pots outdoors lists more than 25 great low maintenance perennial plants for successful container gardening. With just a bit of reading and research, you can be well on your way to container gardening bliss. Let’s begin by talking about the most popular container gardening plants.
One of the first choices we will make as far as the best plants for pots outside is pothos, or more popularly known as pansies. These plants are very easy to care for and are a favorite among container gardeners. They grow easily in most areas and can even be grown from seed.
Another plant that should be considered when discussing the best plants for pots outside is the pansies. The good thing about pansies is that they can be used both as annuals and perennials, which means you never have to worry about replanting. Another plus is that they are very versatile and can fit into almost any container gardening scheme. There are several varieties to choose from such as the purple-lipped pansies, red-clover, dwarf red pansies and the classic purple pansies.
Another plant worth considering are the climbing roses. These wonderful flowering plants are well-suited for containers as their roots do not have to go through the soil in order to grow. They do require a little extra help in the form of fertilizer, watering and the occasional trimming to keep them growing well. However, once these plants get going they offer some stunning flowers as well as a great place to climb and rest.
Evergreens are another group of plants that should be considered for those who have limited space. Full sun is what they need; they will also do nicely in containers and pots with drainage holes. They will do best if you prune them periodically, removing any dead or broken leaves as well as cutting back the growing tip. Some varieties will do better with partial shade or no sunlight at all.
Some plants that will do well both indoors and outdoors are the California poppy and the California bluebell. Both of these varieties will do well inside and out and they are both good choice for containers. The low-maintenance standard shrubs mentioned earlier are equally suited to both containers and pots as well. However, they both do better in low-humidity conditions.
Most herbs do well both indoors and out and most can tolerate partial shade and full sun. They have small roots and tend to grow up towards the top of pots making them easier to manage. Ferns are another choice for pots, especially those with a shallow base because they grow low to the ground and spread horizontally. They also do well with a shallow water base and will spread as well as grow higher when grown in soil.
Pots and containers are a great way to bring life to your garden, and there are just as many plants that will do well both in and out of the garden. Choosing the right plant depends on what you want it for, where you want it and what you grow it in. Do you plan to use it year round or only for certain times? All of this will help you determine the right plant for you and your gardening needs. Good luck with your gardening and happy planting!