You don’t have the time/space/energy to tend to a full garden like your parents used to. That’s understandable, which is why container gardens are one of the best ways to enjoy the perks of a flourishing forsythia bush or prickly pear cactus without the stress of maintaining something more expansive (read: stressful).
So what the heck is a container garden? Probably exactly what you’re imagining: a self-contained group of plants that grow in an attractive planter—big or small.
Container gardens looks gorgeous, can be easily moved between rooms, or rearranged in a backyard, and depending what’s planted, you can harvest your bounty. Fresh kale for all the neighbours! (Okay, fine, just the ones you like.)
Here are 14 container gardens to get you inspired to start your own.
Limited outdoor space? Container gardens are the answer
Lettuce farmThe cost of buying a variety of lettuce types from the grocery store can add up. Instead, grow and harvest your own. Nothing beats raising your own bounty. Via Styled Canvas.
Fit for springThe forsythia, hyacinth and daffodils combo is a winning springtime mix if we ever did see one. If only the internet had a smell option, you'd be planting this trio in no time. Via Carmen Johnston Gardens.
Tiny spaceIf your only outdoor space is a balcony, a small old orange crate or even a lunch box can be turned into a micro garden. Opt for dainty plants, so they don't outgrow their space. Via Kerry Michaels, The Spruce.
Filler, thriller, spillerNever heard of this triple threat before? A “filler, thriller, spiller" consciously uses three plants that grow in different ways: one that grows thick and dense (the “filler"), one that is colourful and gorgeous (the “thriller") and one that's low with long vines (the “spiller"). Via North Coast Gardening.
Up-cycle tired bootsStrapped for space and cash? Upcycle a pair of tired boots. Add soil, arrange plants and enjoy! Bonus points if you're feeling crafty and spray paint your footwear gold. Via Laura Eubanks at Design for Serenity.
Lilacs shrubsOversized concrete planters will withstand any temperamental weather, and the contrast of a soft lilac nestled in a industrial material is chic and on trend. While lilac season is short-lived, when in bloom, they look and smell amazing. Via Brooklyn Roof Garden.
More holes the betterA clay planter with multiple holes along the sides means there are multiple spots for your flowers of choice to blossom from. Via Pamela Crawford.
Balancing actTake the stacking trend to new heights by balancing several planters, filled with a variety of foliage, into a large pyramid shape. Via Shawna Coronado.
Another triple threatThis container garden is oh-so elegant. Featuring fiddle leaf fig (tall and green), aeonium black jade (dark-hued succulent) and caladium (leafy and pink), this is a winning combo if we ever did see one. Via Nourish and Nestle.
Hang it on the wallContainer gardens aren't limited to the ground. A three-tiered hanging unit is a welcomed addition to any kitchen, given there's ample lighting. Plant basil, chives, thyme, rosemary and more. Via Butter Bin.
Repurpose old wagonsIf your kids are grown, but you can't bear to donate their old wagon, transform it into a small garden space. The memories live on! Moving it around is extra easy thanks to the wheels and handle. Via Garden Lovers Club.
Stack those herbsA stacked garden lets you build upwards instead of out. There are five pots involved in this set-up, even though just three are visible. Check out Fancy Frugal Life for full instructions. Via Fancy Frugal Life.
Pretty ediblesIf you're considering edibles, don't think they have to be leafy and green. Tall purple swiss chard and Johnny jump-ups can be clipped and added to springtime meals or simply enjoyed from afar. Via Personal Gardening Coach.
Miniature succulentsSucculents continue to have a moment, and rightfully so. They're attractive in nature, and don't require all too much water or attention. Via Craft Takeover.