Plants for Garden Pots

Plants nestled into garden pots and situated throughout the landscape create a showy presence to the garden. Grown in a wide range of types, including annuals and perennials, oftentimes the best plants for garden pots are those with a clumping growth habit. Some plants and flowers produce masses of bright blooms that spill over the pot while others have a tall, erect architectural form that adds texture and height to the container.

Rex Begonia Vine

Rex Begonia vine (Cissus discolor) is a vining tropical plant that is suitable in USDA zones 11. It has a running growth habit and reaches a maximum height of 10 feet tall with a spread of 6 to 12 inches wide. Rex begonia vine is a versatile plant variety and can be trained into any shape and form, making it an ideal container plant. The dramatic, oval- to heart-shaped foliage on Rex begonia vines are dark green and tinged with frosted silver. The underneath side of each leaf is red and, when viewed from any angle in the garden pot, makes for an attractive display. Rex begonia vines are also ideal within containers at the base of a trellis or pergola to have their climbing red tendrils creep up and over the structure. They grow best in part to full shade and well-drained, moist soil.

New Zealand Flax

'Amazing Red' New Zealand flax (Phormium 'Amazing Red') is a summer-blooming evergreen perennial plant that grows best in USDA zones 8 to 11. As an evergreen, New Zealand flax retains its foliage color throughout the year for a constant source of color to the garden. It has a clumping growth habit and attractive foliage that makes it an ideal garden pot plant. New Zealand flax grows up to 3 feet tall and wide and has dark red to brown strap-like leaves that provide a striking architectural design. It grows best in full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil.

Wild Petunia

Wild petunia (Petunia integrifolia) is an annual flower that grows in all USDA zones. It has a vigorous growth rate and reaches a maximum height of 3 feet tall. The 1 ½ inch-wide, 5-lobed, funnel-shaped, deep purple to lavender blooms on wild petunia produce masses of flowers from late spring to fall. The cascading, billowing form makes an ideal container plant and also looks attractive within hanging baskets. The sticky, clumping foliage on wild petunia is light green and helps to create the clumping growth habit. Wild petunia grows best in full sun and well-drained, loamy soil. They do not require deadheading.

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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.