Outdoor Plants for Pots

The enthusiastic gardener may be willing to plant everything under the sun, but space often quickly becomes an issue, especially for city dwellers. Whether your garden space is full, or you simply want to put a few potted plants out on the porch, there are plenty of plants that will thrive in outdoor containers.


Native to Southern Europe and Asia, Primrose (Primula vulgaris) is a familiar sight in nurseries across the world, popular for its cheery, brightly colored flowers. Primroses can be purchased in colors ranging from brilliant yellow, to purple, pink, red and more, depending on the cultivar. Primroses can easily be grown outdoors in pots, providing they have good, humus-rich soil and filtered sunlight or partial shade.

Big Periwinkle

Native to Europe, Central Asia and Africa, Big Periwinkle (Vinca major) is a fast growing perennial that offers lovely blue flowers and broad, deep green leaves. The plant is excellent for outdoor container growing, thriving in window boxes, hanging planters and pots. The speedy plant will quickly drape itself over a surface, providing a beautiful cascading appearance. Big Periwinkle isn't picky about soils, although it will do best in moist, rich soil. The plant can be grown in full sun or partial shade.

Butter Daisy

Native to the Americas, Butter Daisy (Melampodium divaricatum) is a low maintenance member of the daisy family notable for its bright green foliage and yellow, daisy like blooms. The annual plant grows in well drained soils, and can stand heat and drought very well once established. The plant prefers full sunlight and soil that is moderately moist to dry, and for the most part, Butter Daisy can be left alone. Butter Daisy makes an excellent outdoor container plant, and the dwarf varieties of the plant will do especially well.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.