Strawberry pots are made of terra cotta clay, which allows air and moisture through the sides of the plant pot. Fine roots located at the edge of a plant's rootball use this air and moisture to assist growth. Clay pots also wick excess moisture away from the plant so the soil stays drier than in other types of containers. Strawberry pots are built with small openings along the outer sides. This allows you to plant different plants in the same container and still keep them separated.
Many herbs produce beautiful, fragrant foliage along with flowers that attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Mediterranean herbs that do well in the drier conditions of a strawberry pot are rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), sage (Salvia officinalis), tarragon (Artemisia drancunculus), oregano (Origanum vulgare), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), lavender (Lavandula officinalis) and yarrow (Achillea millefolium). Plant the tall varieties in the top of the strawberry pot and place the smaller herbs in the side pockets.
Some annuals thrive in the drier conditions of the strawberry pot. Plant dwarf periwinkle (Vinca minor) in the top of the planter. Rock moss (Portulaca oleracea) and California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) are planted in the pockets. Other annuals to try are Cherry Brandy black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy'), white cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) and Jelly Beans California poppy (Eschscholzia californica 'Jelly Beans').
Cacti and Succulents
Cacti and succulents planted in a strawberry plant pot require little maintenance and come in unusual shapes with colorful flowers. Thanksgiving cactus (Zygocactus truncatus) and Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) work well in a strawberry pot and tends to drape over the rim. These cacti bloom during the holiday season in the winter. Hen and chicks (Echeveria elegans) fill up any space it is planted in. Burro tail (Sedum morganianum) is a succulent that produces trailing branches with plump globular leaves. Zebra plant (Haworthia subfasciata) look like a miniature, striped aloe plant and will thrive in the side pockets of a strawberry pot.