Our Most Creative Container Garden Ideas to Add to Your Outdoor Space
Use these ideas to cultivate greenery and style on a sunny windowsill, patio, balcony, and more.
Growing your own container garden will add instant wow factor to any home's outdoor space—no matter how big (like a sprawling backyard) or small (like a tiny balcony) your open-air area is, adding in a collection of plants is always encouraged. What's more, container gardening is great for every level of gardener. From easy-to-cultivate herbs to a mini citrus garden, we've rounded up a variety of ideas that you can use for your next petite horticultural endeavor.
There are plenty of ways to bring creative container garden ideas to life that will seamlessly fit in with your existing aesthetic. For an earthy, nature-filled idea, create one of Martha's favorites: a moss garden. She collects the moss along with other lush greenery around her Maine home to plant in decorative faux bois containers. The final result is an enchanting forest impression inside, or out. Containers are a key aspect of container gardening, that also offer up some fun and creativity for the gardener. The home for the plants can make for an eye-catching garden feature, too. One idea that adds intrigue? Chimney flues. These large pots give off a touch of grandeur and style for any gardener's taste.
Your container garden doesn't need to be limited to lush greenery matched with potting soil and a classic planter, either. A water garden in a vase can allow you to add unique décor to your home's outdoor living space, and they're actually surprisingly easy to maintain. If that doesn't suit your container gardening aspirations, we have even more picks for you to choose from—which include everything from green walls and succulent gardens to ivy topiaries and window boxes. Ahead, we share all of our container garden ideas to make for your next creative project.
The woodland near Martha's home in Maine is lush with mosses, lichens, and ferns, which she pots in decorative containers. After creating this container garden idea, she returns everything back to the outdoors.
Window boxes are big enough to grow all sorts of herbs and plants—including oregano and perennial heuchera "Amber Waves."
Whether you are looking for privacy or you just want to pretend you live in a secret garden, arranging a wall full of your favorite potted plants is a lovely container garden idea that's sure to delight. While it works with houseplants, we recommended building one on an outdoor wall to really maximize the growth potential.
Though pricey, chimney flues also make a grand spot to prop up plants. Choose antique or new pots and place a plastic liner inside each. We filled ours with purple cordylines, silver tradescantia, and rex begonia vine (Cissus discolor).
Situate this compact herb garden in a sunny spot near the kitchen for easy snipping and a delicious seasoning or garnish, like garlic greens, for your meals.
Have fun with your container garden and arrange the plants any way you like. These plants are known to last through harsher conditions, but make sure they have lots of sunlight on a regular basis so they can flourish.
This self-sustaining ecosystem will make creating a container garden easy. The miniature plant habitat just needs a little TLC—like diffused light and a weekly cleaning—to maintain for the long haul.
A tropical oasis doesn't have to be far away. Create your own by planting a citrus tree (or group of trees) in containers: Position your plant beside a south-facing window with good airflow and water regularly without making the soil overly moist. When it's warm out, move your trees into the fresh air.
Create an ivy topiary—which just requires hanging baskets of ivy, pots, soil, topiary forms, and garden pruners—for a structured garden masterpiece.
Turn your container garden into a thriving vegetable patch—many of your favorite edible plants thrive in containers. Make sure to plant different vegetables in each pot so they don't compete for nutrients, and feature a mix between bulbs, tall produce, and varieties that can hang over the planter.
Sand Pot Garden
Fill up a classic urn with dry sand for an effortless, old-world garden design in your house or on your patio.
A water garden instantly gives the plants on display an artistic flair. Mix floating greens with submerged varieties to play with the space of your container and create a completely unique look.
A mix of baskets make for a beautiful container garden, and while they work well for houseplants, we love an array of hanging vessels in the garden. We recommend filling yours with rhipsalis, sedums, staghorn ferns, and senecios for variety.
Cacti in Containers
Cacti are colorful, one-of-a-kind plants you can grow at home. Just make sure your pot has holes in the bottom so they can drain easily.
Plants with Visual Interest
If you want a plant that will bring style to your backyard, you should go with ones that features pops of color—like the Polka Dot plant (also known as the Hypoestes Phyllostachya). This houseplant comes in red, white, and pink hues for an eye-catching display.
Painters' tape used to make a pattern on a terra-cotta bowl will take your container garden idea up a notch.
The fern is a low-maintenance plant that just needs a good amount of humidity to thrive. Our pro tip? Add colorful pebbles to the bottom of a decorative planter, water, and place the pot on top of the stones to give it its best humidity level and a touch of style.