What Plants Are Good for a Strawberry Pot?

Strawberry pots have numerous protruding "cubby holes" that are ideal for growing the succulent strawberry in a confined area. With a wide opening at its top, the strawberry pot lends itself to many types of small plants and adds interest to patio and deck areas. Choosing the right strawberry pot is important because some have very small pockets that don't have a lip, which causes soil to spill out when you water it.

Strawberries

Obviously, strawberries are the perfect choice for growing in a strawberry pot. Each individual pocket provides a good growing area for one strawberry plant and keeps it separated from the other plants in your pot. As strawberries grow and spread, they will cascade down the sides of the pot, making an attractive array of ripe red berries.

Herbs

Many herbs lend themselves well to a strawberry pot environment. Sweet basil, sage, rosemary, parsley, chives, oregano, tarragon, thyme and mint are all herbs that will thrive in a strawberry pot, at least until they begin to spread and become root bound. That's a good time to take them out of the pot and separate them, pot up more plants, and add their savory goodness to recipes.

Lettuce and greens

Some lettuce varieties are very pretty and do well during their short springtime growing season. Try red oak leaf lettuce, deer tongue, four seasons, green and red butter lettuce and other varieties that will add visual interest. Other greens, such as Swiss chard, spinach, kale, baby bok choy, mizuna, arugula, radicchio and mesclun mixes will look good and perform well in a strawberry pot.

Small vegetables

The top of a strawberry pot is a good place for growing a bell pepper or hot pepper plants, such as an Anaheim chile. In the pockets you can grow complementary vegetables, such as green onions, shallots and garlic. Don't forget herbs like cilantro that you'll be using to make your own spicy salsa along with the other veggies in your strawberry pot.

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About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides.com and eHow.com. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.