Container Plant Ideas

Container gardening is a great idea for those always on the go. It is completely portable, can be used for RV setups, dorm life, quick and simple flair for an outdoor party, or for those always wanting to change things around. Container gardening offers a varied choice of color and texture.

American Rubber Plant

American rubber plant, or Peperomia obtusifolia, is a member of the Piperaceae, or Pepper, family. It is an evergreen perennial good for containers and for shady areas. It is vinelike, with 1- to 6-inch leaves and white flowers on 2- to 4-inch spikes. It requires organic soil and filtered light or medium shade. It is good in high humidity and moist soil. Propagate via division, stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. It is considered safe, but is mildly toxic to some animals.

Common Snapdragon

Common snapdragon, or Antirrhinum majus, is a member of the Scrophulariaceae, or figwort, family. It is a fast-growing plant that attracts birds. It is good for beginners. The height ranges from 2 to 3 feet to 4 to 9 inches, depending on the cultivar. Colors include red, purple, orange, white and yellow. It requires well-drained soil, full sun or partial shade, and frequent watering. It can be propagated via seed.

Scarlet Sage

Scarlet sage, or Salvia splendens, is a member of the Lamiaceae/Labiatae, or Mint, family. It is good for beginner gardeners. Hues include red, white, purple and salmon. They get from 8 inches to 3 feet in height and have dark green leaves. It requires full sun and enriched, well-drained soil. Propagate via seed.

Palm Grass

Palm grass, or Setaria palmifolia, is a member of the Poaceae/Gramineae, or Grass, family. It is a fast-growing plant that is good for beginners and it is evergreen. It has cylindrical spikes with arching stalks. It requires full sun or partial shade and a moist soil. It can be propagated via division and seed.

Iron Plant

Iron plant, or Aspidistra elatior, is a member of the Lilaceae, or Lily, family. It is good for beginners and an evergreen perennial. The leaves are dark green and leatherlike. It requires well-worked fertile soil, deep or moderate shade, and can be propagated via clumps in the springtime.

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.