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The Best Plants For Containers | Expert Recommendations

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Plants For Containers. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Crassula Ovata Gollum Jade (Hobbits Pipe)

This product was recommended by David Scott from Neutypechic

The best and most versatile plants for containers are succulents. They come in all shapes and sizes, from small and delicate to large and robust, and they’re easy to care for since they don’t need much water. Succulents are perfect for adding a touch of greenery to any space, whether it’s a windowsill, patio, or balcony. My favorite succulents for containers is Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ (Jade Plant): This jade plant has distinctive, finger-like leaves that give it a unique look. It’s perfect for adding interest to any container garden.

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Scentsation’ (Honeysuckle) Vine

This product was recommended by Katie Ziskind from Wisdom Within Counseling

For planting in a container, I recommend honeysuckle. Honeysuckle is a beautifully fragrant plant that is a pretty vine too. Put your honeysuckle in a five gallon bucket with holes drilled into the bottom for drainage or another pot from Lowes or Home Depot. Honeysuckle is cold hardy so you can leave it outside during winter and see it rebloom in the next summer. The honeysuckle flowers smell so good and can add a pretty decoration to an arbor or fence. A once you’re planting it in a container, keep the soil moist as containers dry out more quickly in ahoy weather. Have a fence or yellow for the honeysuckle pot to grow up for a beautiful, cottage garden look. Honeysuckle is one of the summer plants you can put in a container and enjoy for many years to come. Go for it just for the scent. The fragrance is absolutely heavenly!

Dietes Iridioides African Iris White Plants

This product was recommended by Lindsey Hyland from Urban Organic Yield

When looking for plants to put in containers, it’s important to find attractive and durable specimens. African iris white is a perfect choice for this, as it features showy white flowers and thrives in both sunny and shady spots. What’s more, these plants are drought tolerant and require very little maintenance. For anyone looking to add some color to their outdoor spaces, African iris white is a great option!

Live Flowering Thanksgiving/Christmas Cactus

This product was recommended by Michael East from Griddle King

These stunning plants love heat and don’t usually mind being dry. For these reasons, they are excellent plants for containers. The best part is that you can find Geraniums in a large range of colors. If you want to put a twist on traditional planting, then you could look out for cactus, tulip, or rosebud-flowered Geraniums.

Cataractarum Indoor Palm Tree

This product was recommended by Jed Silverlake from Home for Beginners

The deep green foliage complements a wide range of color schemes, and its traditional roughness allows it to blend in with most house decor. They are an excellent way to add life and interest to a bare wall space, an empty corner, windows or furniture edges, or even as a sculpture at the conclusion of a side table.

Lavender Organic Windowsill Planter Kit

This product was recommended by Granger McCollough from Elite Patio Direct

A plant that I absolutely love for its aesthetic and smell is the Lavender plant, and it is a plant that is perfect for a container both inside and outside of the home. When having it inside the home, you get this vibrant purple color added to your room’s palette, as well as the soothing smell of lavender around the house. When planting Lavender outside, you get all of that, but they are also fantastic pollinators, so you will also be helping the bee population as well!

Brazilian Prickly Pear Extra Large Cactus

This product was recommended by Jim Campbell from Honeymoon Goals

I love a low-maintenance plant that can sit in a container on my desk or mantle and just make the room look a little bit greener without constant upkeep, and the prickly pear Cactus does just that. Cacti are notoriously easy to keep with sparse watering and heat resistance, but what I love about the Prickly Pear Cactus is how it looks, it is the most cactus-looking cactus there is.

Cyperus Papyrus Live Plant

This product was recommended by Rob Greene from Price of Meat

Why? Because it’s big, strong and lasts long. In other words, this biblical plant doesn’t need a lot of looking after, it’s hardy and able to weather almost anything that Mother Nature will throw at it and it’ll hang in there as long as you do. And if that wasn’t enough for you, it also looks good and adds a little character to any garden or yard it ends up calling home.

Live Hibiscus Plant Bush Fiesta – Flowering Bush

This product was recommended by Sarah Beaumont from Indoor Home Garden

Interestingly, a Hibiscus plant grows best with crowded roots, which is why it is perfect for containers! They are beautifully rounded shrubs, which won’t grow much larger than 25”, and they have stunning flowers that thrive in the summer months. They can be kept both indoors and outdoors, and they don’t require much maintenance at all. With this in mind, they can be kept in a variety of containers – so long as they have some access to sunlight, and are watered once every one to two weeks.

White Mexican Petunia Ruellia Brittoniana Flower Tropical Plant

This product was recommended by Jen Stark from Happy DIY Home

Petunias have long been a perennial favorite among gardeners due to the extensive color palette they offer, in addition to the little flowers that resemble trumpets and come in a variety of shapes. The fact that they have such a lovely appearance when they are in bloom makes them an excellent accessory for fall displays. The maintenance required for petunias is minimal. These plants may be kept in color with consistent fertilization and trimming throughout the growing season. They perform admirably as garden borders, mass beddings, container gardens, and even hanging baskets and baskets.

Burpee Big Red Geranium Seeds

This product was recommended by Dan Farrant from Hello Music Theory

One of my favorite container garden plants is geranium. Geraniums may be considered outdated by some, but nothing beats them for vibrant color and lovely foliage. There are numerous colors available for geraniums, including white, pale pink, deep rose, coral, salmon, red, and variegated. The plants have clusters of blooms at the tips of their stems and grow upright. Most of the geraniums in this garden are small, purple and white, and single-petaled. Geraniums should be grown in large pots, window boxes, or hanging boxes. Make sure the drainage holes in your pots are big enough to let the water flow freely. These plants make excellent container plants because they enjoy the heat and don’t mind getting a little dry.

Bulb Giant Elephant Ear Taro Very Rare Colocasia

This product was recommended by Avaid Faruz from Faruzo

Container plants can make your home beautiful, purify the air, boost your mood, and relieve tension. Elephant ear, also known as Taro, is a low-maintenance container plant with large textured green leaves that give a tropical look to your home or office. Its watering requirements are quite regular, and as the plant is hardy and adapts well to container culture, it may be grown indoors and outdoors without special attention. One thing I like most about elephant ears is that you can use them as a background in photography.

Skimmia japonica

This product was recommended by Hannah Chen from Smart Singapore

Japanese skimmia are well-suited to growing in containers thanks to their slow growth habit. When growing Japanese skimmia in containers it is especially important to water the shrub regularly and keep the soil moist as they can dry out more quickly in containers.

Wide Brim Hosta

This product was recommended by Hannah Chen from Smart Singapore

Because hostas grow horizontally, it is best to choose a container with less than 3 inches of space between the roots and the side of the pot. This will give the roots room to grow as the hosta’s leaves spread out. The hosta will be healthier and happier in a smaller pot.

Purple Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum rubrum

This product was recommended by Hannah Chen from Smart Singapore

Fountain grass, with its fountain-like, arching habit, is a natural for containers. The ‘Rubrum’ cultivar’s rich, burgundy color makes it a favorite even where it is not hardy. It is a quick-growing grass that can be grown as an annual.

Miss Molly Butterfly Bush Buddleia x ‘Miss Molly’

This product was recommended by Hannah Chen from Smart Singapore

Butterfly bush thrives in well-drained soils, whether in a garden bed or a container. Make sure your pots have plenty of drainage holes on the bottom. To improve drainage, avoid using gravel, rocks, or sand at the bottom of the pot. Only lightweight commercial potting soil is required.

Purple New Guinea Impatiens Plant

This product was recommended by Bianca Trembley from The Best Calgary

It doesn’t get any easier than planting New Guinea impatiens; simply plant them, water them regularly, and enjoy the show until frost zaps them. Most New Guinea impatiens are self-cleaning, which means they drop their spent blooms without your help. Of course, if you have them in containers on your deck, you may need to sweep up fallen petals.

Trailing White Calibrachoa Plant

This product was recommended by Bianca Trembley from The Best Calgary

The trailing habit of Calibrachoa makes it ideal for hanging baskets. A single plant can also cover a small container. Even though the billowy flowers fade in the heat of summer, they reappear as the weather cools. They’ll bloom until frost or the days get too short if they get enough moisture.

Dwarf Pomegranate Indoor Bonsai Tree

This product was recommended by Ronald Williams from Best People Finder

I have one Dwarf Pomegranate Bonsai in my lounge and the look and feel it gives is beyond words. It highly appeals to aesthetics with its tiny leaves, bright red flowers, and small fruits. Watering needs are very usual and one doesn’t have to be focused on caring for this plant dedicatedly since it’s a sturdy plant and adapts well in containers to be placed indoors and outdoors. Dwarf Pomegranate Bonsai doesn’t get taller than one foot and therefore, looks great in the containers. I highly recommend this to grow in the container.

Mini Succulents Unique Live Plants

This product was recommended by Ronald Williams from Best People Finder

They are tiny, beautiful, and colorful. Succulents are the best to grow in containers. They require less care and are great air purifiers. One thing that I like the most about Succulents is that they get matched at any place and look beautiful whether you place the container in the kitchen, balcony, office, or simply hang the container anywhere in your home or office.

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Written by Zak Parker

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