15 Stunning Container Vegetable Garden Design Ideas & Tips

Create a Container Vegetable Garden that gives you a bountiful harvest of fresh homegrown vegetables and herbs in limited space and also looks appealing and aesthetic!

1. Grow Climbers and Vines

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Support climbing vegetables and vines and direct them upward with the help of a trellis or a cage or by any other way. Such plants use vertical space and are abundant in production. Bitter melon (a unique tropical gourd known for its health benefits), gourds, cucumber, pole beans and other beans, Malabar spinach, vine tomatoes, squashes, peas, if you want to try– pumpkin and melons.

2. Choose Colorful Containers

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You can brighten up your container vegetable garden by choosing colorful containers to grow your favorite vegetable and herbs.

3. Use Hanging Baskets

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Don’t cast out the idea of growing herbs and vegetables in hanging baskets. Tomatoes, strawberries, many other vegetables, and herbs can be grown in hanging baskets successfully. It also creates space!

4. Start One Pot Vegetable Garden

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This one pot vegetable garden idea is perfect if you don’t have space to set up a container garden. For those who have a small balcony or open window that receives full sun. We picked up this idea from Sunset, read more there!

5. Try this Vertical Lettuce Planter Idea

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We love this project done by Bonnie Plants, and why not? You can grow fresh herbs and greens easily in a limited space by following this idea. They have a step by step DIY article on this for you to look at, check out!

6. Grow Edible Flowers

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To add some interest, color, and beauty, it’s a good idea to grow some edible flowers. You can use them in salads, to garnish your meal or make sharbat. Flowers like marigold, calendula, viola, nasturtiums can be tried. The list is long; the Treehugger has the names, check out!

7. Give Space to Herbs

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Your container vegetable garden may look incomplete if you don’t grow some herbs. Fresh herbs can enhance the taste of your meal always, so it’s a great idea. You don’t need to grow all the herbs, consider adding 2-3 plants that you like most and suits your location. Parsley, thyme, mint, sage, oregano, cilantro and much more to choose from. A window box, a few small containers, hanging baskets, etc. can be used.

8. Tomatoes are Must

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Tomatoes are a wonderful and the most important addition to a container vegetable garden. They look beautiful too. Choose 2-3 varieties and grow a few plants to get a bountiful harvest of homegrown tomatoes. Learn about the best tomato varieties for the container in this post.

9. Add Colorful Varieties

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Vegetables and herbs with the different texture, attractive foliage, and colors can be an excellent addition to your container vegetable garden; they can add visual interest to it. Red hot pepper, red stemmed swiss chard, round midnight basil, fine leaf rosemary with other herbs like lemon grass or thyme can make it look appealing. Here’s an interesting post on colorful vegetables for you to see!

10. Use Unique Planters

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Use unique planters to provide virtual interest to your container vegetable garden. You can recycle and DIY your own planters or buy a few in unusual shape and size. There are a lot of DIY ideas available on our website for help.

11. Play with the Height

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If you don’t want your vegetable garden to look boring, play with the height. Don’t use planters of similar size and height. Instead, group large and small containers together, this will create a visual appeal.

Also Read: Container Garden Design Tips

Group plants according to their height to create a garden like surrounding effect. To do this, place tall plants in the back and short and low growing plants like herbs and greens in front.

12. Grow a Lemon Tree

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Growing a lemon tree in a pot is not difficult and probably an intelligent addition to your container vegetable garden. Here’s our step by step post on it!

13. Take Help of Vertical Gardening

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Lettuces in the window boxes in a balcony

The biggest challenge of limited space gardening is limited space itself. To beat this, take help of Vertical Gardening. Use shoe racks, book shelves, and plant holders to keep more pots. If you’re a balcony gardener, railing planters and hanging planters are a must. Besides, there are many other unique vertical gardening ideas available here.

Also Read: DIY Vertical Garden Ideas

14. Start with the Productive and Easiest Container Vegetables

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Try succession planting for continuous harvest and grow the most productive and easiest container vegetables for the successful harvest. Here’s our article on it.

15. Try this One Pot Herb Garden Idea

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Image Credit: Southern Living

Growing herbs is easy so grow them along with other vegetables you’re growing. We found this One pot herb garden idea on Southern Living fascinating for urban gardeners. See the full post here!


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  1. I LOVE GARDENING EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A PRETTY SIZE BACKYARD WHERE I STARTED MY GARDEN I STILL LIKE MY SALAD GROWN IN CONTAINERS:). I STILL MISS GOING TO MY CALIFORNIA FARMER’S MARKET ON THE WEEKEND WITH MY SISTER LUPE.I DON’T FIND THOSE HERE IN THIS PART OF TEXAS. NOW I ENJOY GROWING MY OWN VEGGIE;)!

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