Plants for Pots

Potted PlantMore grows in the garden than the gardener sows. – Chinese Proverb

Just about any plant can be grown in a pot as long as its basic growing requirements are met. You can grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, shrubs and small trees almost anywhere. Container plants add beauty to all kinds of areas and flourish on windowsills, patios, balconies, doorways, inside greenhouses and even on rooftops. The possibilities are endless.

When selecting plants for pots, it’s important to decide where the plants will be grown. Is the site sunny or shady? The #1 factor influencing container garden success is matching the amount of available sunlight with plants that thrive in that environment. Check plant labels or seed packets, and if arranging several plants together make sure that sun-loving plants are grouped with sun lovers and shade-loving plants are planted with shade lovers.

With that said, it’s apparent that some plants are naturally better suited to growing in containers than others. To help reduce the confusion and increase your gardening pleasure, we’ve put together a “pretty close to accurate” sampling of top container plants. Please consult seed catalogs for plant varieties developed especially for container gardening.

HERBS

Annuals
Anise
Basil
Borage
Chervil
Cilantro/Coriander
Dill
Stevia
Summer Savory
Biennials
Caraway Parsley
Perennials
Catmint
Chives
Fennel
Feverfew
Hyssop
Lavender
Lovage
Marjoram
Mint
Oregano
Rosemary
Sage
Sweet Bay
Tarragon
Thyme
Watercress
Winter Savory

FLOWERS

Annuals
Ageratum
Alyssum
Angelonia
Bachelor Button
Bacopa
Bean, Scarlet Runner
Begonia
Bracteantha
Calendula
Canary Creeper
Ceolosia
Coleus
Cosmos
Dianthus
Dusty Miller
Evolvulus
Fuchsia
Geranium
Impatiens
Ipomea
Licorice Plant
Lobelia
Marigold
Morning Glory
Nasturtium
Pansy
Pentas
Petunia
Salvia
Scaevola
Snapdragon
Sweet William
Torenia
Verbena
Zinnia
Perennials
Agastache
Candytuft
Chrysanthemum
Columbine
Gaillardia
Gaura
Gypsophila
Lupine
Penstemon
Roses
Rudbeckia
Sedum
Shasta Daisy
Veronica
Yarrow

VEGETABLES

Beans, Bush
Beets
Bok Choy
Cabbage
Carrots
Chard
Collards
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Kale
Lettuce
Mustard Greens
Onions, Green
Peppers
Radish
Spinach
Squash, Summer
Tomatoes
Tomatoes, Cherry
Turnips

FRUITS

Apples (dwarf)
Blackberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Strawberries

BULBS

Fall Planted
Anemones
Crocus
Daffodil
Iris
Scilla
Tulip
Spring Planted
Begonia
Dahlia
Gladiolus
Lily
Montbretia

EXOTIC PLANTS

Alberta Spruce (dwarf)
Alocasia
Banana
Bird of Paradise
Bougainvillea
Cactus
Caladium
Cannas
Coconut Palm
Dracaena
Elephant Ear
Eucalyptus
Ficus
Flowering Maple
Hibiscus
Lantana
New Zealand Flax
Phygelius
Pygmy Date Palm
Schefflera
Yucca
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