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Which Plants Grow Upside Down?

By Amy Deemer ; Updated September 21, 2017

Upside-down gardening allows you to enjoy fresh vegetables, flowers and herbs on back porches or patios. Upside-down containers eliminate some of the tougher gardening chores like tilling, staking, planting and weeding, and lets you harvest crops by simply reaching up and plucking fresh herbs or vegetables from the plant. Surprisingly, many herbs, vegetables and flowers do well when planted in upside down containers.


Tomatoes are widely advertised as being the ideal plant to use in upside down containers. Planting tomatoes in this sort of container eliminates the need for stakes and keeps fruit off the ground. Any tomato can be grown in this position but cherry and grape plants are easier to manage.

Bush and pole beans flourish in upside down containers. Gravity works in their favor; they will not require staking as plants get larger.

Peppers also grow well in inverted containers. Hot, sweet and bell peppers make a nice addition to your upside down garden. Cucumbers, being a vining plant, are another natural choice for inverted gardening. Avoid using bush cucumbers in this type of container.

Flowers and Ferns

Perennials grow well in upside-down containers. Flowers will grow upward when planted in an inverted position, giving them an interesting appearance. Petunias and geraniums are ideal for inverted planting. Fuchsia, orchids and impatiens will flourish while hanging upside down. Ferns such as the Boston and Asparagus enjoy hanging in inverted containers.


Cooking with your own home-grown herbs is a wonderful way to add a dash of freshness to your meals. Inverted containers will provide you with easy access to your herb garden.

Plant oregano to use with those fresh tomatoes, to make delicious sauces. Basil and rosemary will bring flavor to home cooked meals; grow plenty of both in your inverted garden. Also plant mint in upside-down containers and enjoy adding it to teas, vegetables and rice.