Container Garden Ideas for Year-Round Colour & Produce

Container gardening introduces growing opportunities for small gardens. It also makes the best approach for people who:

  • Is new to gardening
  • Doesn’t have the space for an actual garden
  • Are looking for a low-maintenance option

If you fit into one of these categories, then you’ll appreciate our list of container garden ideas. Our experts have put together a wide range of what you can grow and pot designs to meet your needs.

Whether it’s for your yard, patio, or balcony gardening, there’s something for you here!

1. The ‘gabion’ method

Container gardening is usually for containers/pots, but not if you think creatively! This gabion planter is a perfect example of that possibility.

This style can easily blend into both modern and rustic outdoor settings.

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2. Potted Agapanthus

Get soothing blues for your space by planting Agapanthus in big pots. These lovely blossoms offer breathtaking displays of architectural blooms.

They’re best to pair with hydrangeas for a more sculptural look. Place them on your porch, outdoor seating area, or by a pool to inject more colour.

Potted Agapanthus plant
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3. Large centrepiece containers

Like water feature ideas, large container gardens make an exceptional outdoor centrepiece. And they’re even better when they’re filled with colour filler flowers such as purple verbenas.

Add subtle splashes from petunias and fuchsias, or some herbs, for an added focal point.

Large container garden display
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4. Hanging baskets for the veggies

Grow vegetables in hanging pots if your space is limited. You can start with tomatoes, though many herbs grow well with this method, too.

This pairing of tomato and basil is a great example. Top tip: Set up a drip-watering system to save time from using a hose or watering can.

Gourds hanging from an arbor
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5. Hydrangeas in planters

If this looks like your dream patio, start growing these cone-shaped flower heads in pots! We recommend getting a medium to large planter – at least 2 feet wide.

A lime-yellow hue of hydrangeas is perfect for the summer. Then it fades to cream before turning a spectacular shade of pink in autumn.

Potted Hydrangea plants
Image Credit: Pxhere

6. Pot display

A simple pot display like this can lift a patio or front garden as well as brighten up bare walls and fences. You can also show off your container display across multiple levels, such as on tiered shelving.

Opt for a matching set of pots for an orderly and cohesive look; terracotta is a timeless choice.

Flower pot display
Image Credit: Pxhere

7. Introduce height

Add a sense of height and movement by:

  • Having containers of different sizes
  • Introducing grasses into the pots

Create a ‘grouping’ for added interest. Have a look at these containers filled with cucumber, tomato, basil, thyme, and parsley. And to mix up the textures, blend ornamental grasses in.

Garden ornamental grasses
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8. Mix in edible flowers

Can’t choose between planting produce vs floral? Why not plant both? A blend of fresh greens and edible flowers will add colour and cheer to your containers.

A great starting point for growing a beautiful, bountiful edible container garden!

Edible flower landscape
Image Credit: Pxhere

9. Window box

A window box planter will waft lovely scents through your home each time you open the window. It’s simple while offering a striking display.

Petunias, geraniums, and begonias are good choices for main-theme flowers. Purple sage and rosemary will add to the mix of scents, flavours, and colours in the box.

Window box planter
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10. Containers with succulents

For low maintenance and year-round wow, use shallow containers to grow hardy succulents. Some succulents will also flower, adding a whole new season of interest to the planting.

Succulents in pots
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11. Container herb garden

Most herbs are well-suited for growing in containers. These greens can exist anywhere as long as they’re given proper sunlight, water, and good soil.

Choose herbs that you love to eat and plant these in pretty and colourful pots for aesthetics.

Container herb garden
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12. Pollinators in pots

Welcome butterflies and bees to your small yard by adding nectar-rich plants to your display. Plant fuchsias to attract the longer-tongued Bumblebees.

Other summer beauties include lavender and echinacea, perfect for growing in containers.

Potted Fuchsia plant
Image Credit: Pxhere

13. Contain vining vegetables

Watermelons and pumpkins usually need a lot of space to grow; others will do just fine in containers. Take, for example, a scrambling cucumber.

With its big leaves, bright flowers, and refreshing fruits, it’s a natural showstopper. Pair it with an upright plant like rosemary for a more vivid touch.

Vining vegetable on the trellis
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14. Potted topiary trees

Potted topiary with foliage and evergreens can create a dramatic focal point. Use a pair of topiary sculptures to feature a doorway, or to delineate a staircase along a path or garden rill.

Big pots will surely add a classic, dramatic effect!

Neatly manicured potted topiary tree
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15. The vertical approach

Use walls, fences and other vertical structures to support pots and planters. Hanging baskets and wall planters are also great for creating a living wall.

Support pots on rings or brackets for patios and balconies or with shelving indoors.

Vertical gardening with trellis and plastic containers
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Who would’ve thought you could grow quite a bit of food and year-round blooms in a container garden?

Each container can give your space that dramatic effect; it’s just a matter of what to grow. And the good thing about container garden ideas is they’re adaptable.

Plus, they can be replanted whenever you wish for a fancy, fresh new look. In short, you can mix a variety of greenery over the seasons to ensure your plot is always full of visual interest.

We hope our list of container garden ideas will give you the flower power to spruce up your patio, yard or balcony. May you find something that’ll give you the drama, scent and vibrancy you’re looking for!

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Vegetables that are ideally suited for growing in containers include the following:


  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Green onions
  • Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Squash
  • Radishes
  • Parsley

We recommend putting lightweight filler for the pots. It could be made from recycled plastics or cardboard and newspaper. Or from natural materials.

It's not necessary to put rocks in the bottom of plant pots. One rock to cover the drainage hole will do. It's enough to ensure the soil doesn't leach out of the bottom.


Plus, putting rocks in plant pots doesn't aid drainage or improve air circulation.

A layer of pebbles. This technique acts as a sort of drainage layer in those pots without drainage holes.


Pebbles also allow excess water to flow away from the soil and so the plant roots.

May is the ideal month to prepare pots and containers for the rest of the growing season. But early frost prep can allow tender container plants to still look great at the end of October.