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Plants That Grow in Full Sun in Containers

By Izzy McPhee ; Updated September 21, 2017

Container gardening is popular among many gardeners. Some begin with containers when they are new to gardening while other, more experienced gardeners may like the challenge of growing special plants in pots and troughs. Container plants are also popular with apartment dwellers due to the lack of traditional gardening space. Containers come with their own set of problems; they dry out quickly and the lack of “open soil” means keeping up with fertilizing is essential to plant health. Containerized plants cannot take care of themselves and require more attention than most in-ground gardens.


Sedum does well in container gardens that receive full sun. They are succulent plants that can store large amounts of water within their leaves. Sedum prefers well-drained soil in gardens and pot culture. A general slow-release fertilizer can be added for long term feeding with additional water-soluble fertilizers every three to four weeks during active growth. Sedum gets its best coloration and blooms when exposed to full sun.

English Ivy

English ivy is an evergreen vine that can grow to 100 feet under optimal conditions. English ivy likes well-drained, moist soil that is rich in organic matter. A layer of bark mulch and pebbles will help to keep the soil from drying out. A general-purpose slow-release fertilizer mixed into the soil will promote good growth and dark leaves. Foliar feeding with a good quality water-soluble fertilizer every three to six weeks will also promote good growth.

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie may seem like a common yard weed to many gardeners, but it is a lovely plant when healthy and well kept. Creeping Charlie works as a groundcover for larger potted plants or can be planted alone to cascade over the sides of hanging pots. Creeping Charlie prefers well-drained yet moist soil with plenty of organic matter worked into the soil. Slow-release and foliar fertilizers will promote the best growth as well as masses of tiny purple flowers.

Creeping Thymes

Creeping thymes are drought tolerant. low growing herbs. They do very well in full sun and containers. Low growing thymes are often used to under plant larger species, providing an attractive blooming base to set off more showy plant species. Creeping thymes appreciate well-drained soils and plenty of sun so they make good candidates for containers gardens in full sun. A general slow-release fertilizer would be sufficient for thymes.


Daylilies offer many bloom colors and sizes to gardeners. They do best in full sun and tolerate drought well. A slow-release fertilizer geared towards blooming plants will keep daylilies healthy and their blooms vibrant. Mulching the container will help to conserve moisture and lend a more manicured look to container-planted daylilies.