If you’re looking for low maintenance and easy container gardening ideas and arrangements, must try one of these!
1. Backyard Urn Planter
Petunia Bermuda Beach
Purple Fountain Grass
This classic urn relies on two contrasting shades, pink and purple to liven up space it’s placed. Watch the YouTube video here! And what’s particularly fascinating is that this combination is apt for beginners, as the ornamental grass is hardy and petunias are usually low-maintenance.
2. Late Summer Container Garden
- Ornamental Chili
- Rudbeckia ‘Autumn Colors’
Coleus, calibrachoa, and rudbeckia come together to play up vivid tones to perfection in this lovely, low-maintenance container garden arrangement. All these plants survive well with bi-weekly watering and partial sunlight.
3. Cactus Oasis
- Snow Pole Cactus
- Wigginsia Leprosorum
- Echinocereus Pectinatus ‘Rubrispinus’
- Mammillaria Zeilmanniana
- Parodia Aureispina
If you love growing succulents and cacti, try to create an astonishing cactus container garden. Get the instructions here.
4. Pretty Winter Container
Arborvitae ‘Polar Gold’
Gold Winterberry ‘Berry Heavy’
False Cypress ‘Soft Serve’
Red Dogwood ‘Arctic Fire’
This beautiful winter container arrangement is the perfect thing to bring the festive feel in your home and garden! Just take an oversized planter, and tuck in a few cuttings of dogwood, berries, and holly for a nice festive feel. Watch the tutorial video of Garden Answer here to learn more.
5. Succulent Planter Garden
- Jade ‘Pink Beauty’
This monotone combination planter idea attempts to dispel the popular myth that different shades of the same color do not mix. Sedum’s bright red foliage is sure to make your eyes glaze over, while soothing pink Jade acts to offset the brightness to a tolerable level. What’s best is that neither of these plants needs regular maintenance. Learn more here!
6. Succulent ‘Sticks on Fire’
Pencil cactus, popularly known as ‘Firesticks,’ Euphorbia Tirucalli is prized for its bright orange foliage that makes it a stunner, either indoors or outdoors. This is a low-maintenance plant. However, its milky latex is toxic. Get the complete guide here.
7. Sun/Shade Window Basket
- White Calla Lily
- Hakone Grass ‘Alboaurea’
- Petunia ‘Autumn Mystery’
Here’s a nice container gardening arrangement that will guarantee beautiful blooms and an aesthetic appeal in the sun and part shade both. Learn more here!
8. Terrific Trio
- White Lantana
- Queen Mum Agapanthus,
- Variegated ivy
This eye-catchy combo of lantana, ivy and queen mum agapanthus is a great way to make a dramatic statement at your entrance during spring and summer. Learn more here!
9. Solo Cyclamen Stunner
Cyclamen is one of those few flowering plants that do well in the cold as well, providing color and blooms in early spring and late winter when the rest of the plants have withered away.
10. Varied Succulent Mix
Here’s the perfect container garden idea to follow for your balcony. Succulents don’t need much care to grow; just place them in a sunny spot, and they’ll be happy. And do make sure that the succulents you choose fit well in the sconce.
11. Million Bells Hanging Baskets
- Million Bells
The mini petunias that are known as Million Bells are a great choice for low-maintenance hanging baskets to transform your balcony, porch or windows from boring to beautiful. Learn more here!
12. Pots of Color
Here’s a beautiful container combination that you can try for your partially shaded space. All three plants have similar growing needs and require well-drained and slightly moist soil. Watch the video to learn more!
13. Oversized Magic
- Lemon Ball Sedum
- Tricolor Sedum
The plants in this recipe prefer full sun, warm temperature, slightly frost and drought tolerant as well. Plant them together to create a dazzling interplay of colors and textures in a large planter that looks a lot like a living bouquet. Get the full recipe here.
14. Multi-Colored Display
- Pelargonium ‘Frank Headley’
- Uncinia Rubra
- Ipomoea Batatas ‘Blackie’
- Ipomoea Batatas ‘Bronze’
- Diascia ‘Flying Colors’
- Senecio Cineraria ‘Silver Dust’
The fancy leaved Geranium in this amazing foliage container gardening combination features exquisite silver pattern leaves, together with other exquisite foliage plants. Learn more about this at the Gardener’s World!
15. Tropical Magic
- Coleus ‘Deep Purple’
Combine the Coleus and Impatiens with Lantana to get this dazzling container arrangement and display it on your front porch or balcony. As you’re adding Lantana, don’t keep this container in the shade. Here’s more of it!
16. Perennial Flower Container
You can never go wrong when you pair purple and yellow colors, and this is exactly why this combination works. Check out the recipe here!
17. Explosion of Colors
- Creeping Jenny
Fuss-free annuals like petunia, angelonia, rudbeckia and creeping Jenny act as suitable candidates for this late-summer container garden that can last well into autumn. Do make sure to place the arrangement in full sun and deadhead once a week to encourage better blooms. Get the details here!
18. Multi-Textural Accents
- Heuchera ‘Fire Alarm’
- Phormium Tenax ‘Alison Blackman’
- Carex ‘Evergold’
Phormiums have a penchant for surviving in all sorts of weather extremes, and some excellent dwarf varieties perform well in planters. Here the ‘Alison Blackman’ variety has teamed with carex, heather, and heuchera for a dramatic statement. This container requires dappled shade and bi-weekly watering to last well into the chilly weeks of winter. Learn more here!
19. Snowdrop Pot Display
- Black Ophiopogon
This dazzling combination of silvery convolvulus, snowdrops and black ophiopogon is perfect for infusing new life to dreary doorsteps. Don’t worry about the maintenance; none of these plants are fussy. Monthly mulching, occasional watering, and flexible sun exposure are enough to sustain their growth.
20. Subtle Show
This classic container combines the textural accents of ivy and carex with the vivid blooms of cyclamen and mild green flower buds of skimmia. All plants used are adaptable and perform well in direct sunlight.
21. Box Pyramid Display
- Topiary Box Pyramid, Buxus Sempervirens
- Mexican Feather Grass
- African Daisy ‘Orange Symphony’
This window box consisting of orange-colored osteospermum and decorative grass makes for a striking, year-round addition to a sunny or shaded spot of the garden. Do ensure to give a mulch of gravel to allow maximum retention of moisture in the pot.
22. Crassulas in Stacked Pots
Crassulas are lovely, drought-tolerant plants that are valued for their intriguing foliage. Thanks to a compact, upright habit and fewer needs, this plant is easy to maintain and a favorite of busy urban gardeners who either forget or lack time to tend to their houseplants daily. This video shows you how to grow these accommodating plants in a stacked manner that uses a little space and looks aesthetic too.
23. Succulent Container Garden
- Echeveria Contempo
- Portulaca mix
- Sempervivum ‘Hens & Chicks’
- Sedum ‘Turquoise Tails
- Agava Striata and cacti
If you’re not that much fan of flowers, try mixing this combination of succulents for an ethereal-looking planter garden that features neutral shades to perfection. Learn more here!