The best plants for your outdoor pots and containers

Gorgeous patios and balconies are incoming; these easy-grow pot plants will transform your outdoor space.

Best plants for pots

by Eleanor Weaver |

Potted plants are a great way of decorating your outdoor space, especially if you don’t have much in the way of a garden, grass, or instead have a paved garden or patio. You can move your pots about to chase the sun, shade, or if you’re just looking to give your garden a refresh without having to dig up the lawn.

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Not only that, but it makes caring for your plants even easier if you’re a bit of a plant-newbie, as each plant is standalone so you can give them the specific care they need and they’re less likely to get forgotten behind larger foliage or plants. That being said, these plants will depend on you for water and nutrients so don’t go too crazy collecting plants and pots until you’ve got your garden routine down to a tee.

But what are the best plants for your outdoor pots and containers?

Pots give you the option to grow most anything from bedding plants to herbs, small trees to shrubs and vegetables. We’ve listed some of the best for you to choose from.

What are the easiest outdoor pot plants?

There are two main types of plants, perennials, and annuals. If you’re looking for a plant that’s easiest to care for, choose a perennial or evergreen plant as they’ll continue to grow year after year. They tend to have a shorter flowering period compared to annuals but annual plants will grow, flower, and die in a particular season. They may drop seeds that'll grow new plants in the spring but otherwise, they will need to be replaced with new plants year on year. Not ideal if you're not particularly green-fingered.

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The majority of plants for containers are annuals, but there are some great hardy perennial options. We’ve listed just some of the best easy-care annuals and perennials that you can enjoy year-on-year or all year round.

What are the best plants for outdoor pots?

Can you use any outdoor pot for plants?

Outdoor pots have been designed to withstand the elements, so most any outdoor pot will do! However, there are two things to consider when picking the right one for your plant.

Size: It goes without saying that your pot will need to be big enough to house your new plant. However, you should make sure to choose one that's slightly larger to give your plant plenty of room to spread out its roots, get enough nutrients from the soil, and help the plant grow and reach its full potential. Choose a pot that's a couple of inches bigger in diameter than your plant.

Drainage: You'll want your plant pot to have good drainage to reduce the chance of the roots rotting, your plant from being overwatered by your hand or the elements, and to help your plant grow to be its best. Look for plant pots with holes at the base that'll provide drainage to help prevent the soil getting too wet. You might also want to consider pots made from natural materials, such as stone and terracotta, that are water-permeable.

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How to pot your outdoor plants?

If you're looking for guidance on how to pot your new outdoor plants, Patch Plants and Alice Vincent, author of How to Grow Stuff, share their helpful guide on how to do it just right:

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Eleanor Weaver is a Commercial Content Writer for titles such as Yours, What’s The Best and Mother&Baby.

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