Potting Plants That are Good

Potted plants have a lot to offer the garden or home, providing color, texture and sometimes fragrance to living quarters that would otherwise be empty. While not all plants are good for potting, there are many plants that will thrive and look exceptional within the tight confines of a pot.

Rex Begonia Vine

The rex begonia vine (Cissus discolor) is commonly grown as an annual garden plant or as a foliage houseplant. The rex begonia offers broad, heart-shaped leaves that are variegated with rich dark-green and dusty white. The plant takes well to containers and will generally reach a height between 1 to 3 feet while confined in a pot. In the spring, the rex begonia produces greenish white clusters of flowers. Rex begonia may be grown outdoors as a perennial in USDA zone 11 or grown as an annual in just about any climate so long as it is given some sun. The low-maintenance plant does best in a moist, well-drained soil in an area that's properly ventilated.


Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a fast-growing annual member of the carrot family native to southwestern Asia. The plant is exceptionally easy to grow and may be grown in a container on a patio or porch. Dill reaches an average height of between 3 to 5 feet, producing lacy green foliage and wiry yellow flowers. The foliage of the plant, as well as the seeds, is used as a popular seasoning for dill pickles, egg salad and other treats. The plant will thrive in full sunlight in USDA zones 3 to 11. Dill should be grown in a well-drained soil that's watered occasionally during summer droughts.

Common Thyme

Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is an herbaceous perennial member of the mint family native to parts of the Mediterranean. The plant grows as a small, semi-woody sub shrub, reaching a height of about a foot. Common thyme sports fuzzy, aromatic leaves and clusters of white or lavender-tinged blooms. The plant is a popular seasoning in a number of different cuisines and is considered a staple of most herb gardens. Common thyme grows very well in pots in USDA zones 5 to 9. Though the evergreen plant will tolerate partial shade, it will do better in full sunlight. Plant common thyme in a well-drained, neutral or alkaline soil and water on a regular basis.

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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.