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Container gardening

Nichole Beaudry strives to capture the wonder, beauty, and whimsy in the small moments with her children. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas and her master’s in English from California State Un...

Container-friendly plants and our favorite planters

You don't need a huge patch of earth to create a beautiful garden. We’ve rounded up our favorite containers to hold your moveable gardens and we’re offering up our suggestions for the easiest flowers, herbs and fruits and vegetables to grow in them.
Container garden

Whether you rent your home, you’re short on space for a traditional garden or you simply love the idea of using planters throughout your outdoor space -- and, of course, you love the idea of having a garden -- container gardening is a great option.

Flowers

If the idea of a back yard filled with vibrant and hardy flowers this summer brings a smile to your face, container gardening offers you tremendous flexibility. Try planting container-friendly flowers like geraniums, pansies, impatiens, verbena, petunias and purple fountain grass.

Pottery Barn’s Brittany planters

Your movable flower gardens will be stunning in large, capacious pots like Pottery Barn’s Brittany planters.

square planter from Smith & Hawken®

If you like a sleeker, more modern look, you’ll love the square planter from Smith & Hawken (available at Target).

Herbs

Fresh herbs are marvelous and pack far more flavor than dried herbs, but they can be costly and it can be difficult to use up the large bundles from the grocery store before they wilt.

There’s something wonderful about walking outside and cutting your own herbs. As long as you are mindful of just how much light and water your herbs need, you can easily grow your own and have them on hand whenever you need them.

To create your own hardy herb garden just outside your door, try planting easy-to-grow basil, rosemary, mint, sage and thyme.

herb pot bowl from Anthropologie

West Elm’s unique Stackable Totem plante

We can’t decide which container we love more, this pretty herb pot bowl from Anthropologie or West Elm’s unique stackable Totem planter, both of which are perfect for growing your herb garden.

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Fruits and vegetables

If you’d like to try your hand at growing some fruits and vegetables, try planting tomatoes, tender lettuces (butter lettuce, arugula and spinach are great options), peppers and strawberries, all of which will thrive in a container if they are well cared-for.

In no time, you’ll be able to walk out the door and build a salad or dessert from your own back yard.

We think these gorgeous Umbria planters from Pottery Barn would make the perfect home for your mini fruit and vegetable garden.

Whether you dream of growing flowers, herbs or fruits and vegetables, you'll love seeing your garden grow throughout the summer in these great containers.

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