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Garden Tub Ideas

By Joyce Starr ; Updated September 21, 2017

For those with little gardening space, growing in a tub is a perfect solution. Even those with space, will find growing in a large tub can make the job of gardening a bit easier. Gardeners can plant many things inside a tub including flowers, vegetables or herbs. Depending on the size of the tub, whole gardens can be planted, or a single species. Gardening in a tub will not only add a touch of beauty to the area, but can also give an abundance of fresh foods and spices.

Vegetable Garden

Grow a vegetable garden inside of the tub. Many species of vegetables will grow well in the appropriate sized tub. Create a themed garden by planting your favorite vegetables together. Plant a Mexican-themed garden by growing tomatoes, green and jalapeno peppers, garlic and green onions together in the same tub. They all have the same requirements and you will have everything you need for a Mexican dish. Plants such as cucumbers, squash, radishes and eggplant will all grow well inside of a tub. Add a marigold to the tub to ward off insects and add some bold color.

Herb Garden

Plant your favorite herbs into the tub. Select herbs that have the same growing requirements and place them together. Create a whole salad garden into one tub. You could add lettuce to the tub and grow herbs such as dill, basil, chives and garlic.

If you are looking for a fragrant herb garden, grow herbs such as patchouli, lavender and mint together. The patchouli and lavender will bloom and be taller and the mint will vine over the side. You can then harvest the herbs as you need them, or dry them for flower arrangements or using later.

Grow a themed spice tub with herbs used in Latin American cooking. Cilantro, cumin, garlic and oregano will all grow well together and their different foliage will be attractive.

Flower Garden

Create a whole flower garden inside of the tub. Choose your favorite annuals and plant them together. Combinations of the taller white shasta daisy, bushy red petunia and trailing blue daze will grow well together and look good. Place the taller plants in the center or background and place the bushier flowers around them and the trailing ones on the edge. Add a perennial to the center of the tub such as a bush daisy and add seasonal annuals such as trailing petunias around it.

Dead head the flowers to keep the blooms going throughout the entire season. Plant the tub with a massive displace of the same species of flowers. Vincas are hardy and come in a wide variety of colors. Planting varieties of pink, white and scarlet will make a stunning display.


About the Author


For over 25 years, Joyce Starr has owned businesses dealing with landscape & design, lawn maintenance, specialty herbs and a garden center. She holds certificates in landscape design and xeriscaping. Starr shares her passion for nature in her writing, publishing articles on horticulture, outdoor recreation, travel as well as business.