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Best Plants for a Low-Maintenance Container Garden

Gardening is such a fun hobby for me, but as we know, it can also be time consuming and require a lot of effort to maintain. If you're worried about the time and effort it takes for taking care of your garden, let's explore low-maintenance container gardening! It is very important to do some research and find out what plants are well suited for your climate. By selecting the right low-maintenance plants, you could minimize the upkeep needed for a low-maintenance container garden. Container gardens can be large tubs in a nice sunny location in your yard, small containers on your patio, or just some small herb pots in your kitchen window. Let's examine some plants that require minimal growing conditions and start you off right with your low-maintenance container garden.

Factors to Consider

Let's look at a few crucial factors you should consider when choosing plants for your garden that requires minimal effort to maintain. Here are some key considerations:

Watering Requirements

Take watering requirements into consideration when selecting plants. Select plants that require minimal watering and can thrive in the growing conditions for your climate. This will create a low maintenance container garden that is easy to care for and looks great. Create a self-watering container and that will cut back on water duties for your garden space.

Pruning Needs

Choose plants that don't require large amounts of pruning. Make sure to avoid plants that have a tendency to be overgrown or that grow too quickly. Dwarf varieties of plants like fruit trees or shrubs are great choices for a low-maintenance container garden. Deadhead any flowers that have died off to help continual growth of the flowers.

Pests and Disease

Select plants that are less receptive to pests and diseases, as this will reduce the maintenance time you spend in your container garden. Do some research and figure out some plants that do not require a lot of pesticides. I love Google! Plants like marigolds, lavender, and chives are not only easy to care for but also have natural pest-repelling properties.

Growing Conditions

Consider the growing conditions associated with your container garden, such as the amount of sunlight and the temperature. Choose plants that can thrive in the conditions of your garden space. This helps to cut down your garden tasks to make your container garden easier to handle. Ornamental grasses, ferns, and Hostas are great options for shaded areas. Succulents and herbs like basil and parsley love full sun. Choose a location in your space that suits the plants you have selected. If you are growing herbs, you can place those inside in a sunny windowsill. 

Best Plant Options

Now that we've determined the factors to consider when selecting plants for a low maintenance container garden, let's take a look at some of the best plant options.


Succulents are a perfect pick for a low-maintenance container garden. They are very drought tolerant because they store water in their leaves and stems. They also require minimal watering and can thrive in a variety of growing conditions. Some popular varieties include jade plant, aloe vera, and hens and chicks. For more information on how to successfully grow a succulent garden, read this.


Herbs are a great choice for our needs in a low-maintenance container garden. Most herbs are simple to grow, and they provide beauty, fragrance, and flavor to your outdoor garden space. I have a bearded dragon that loves fresh cilantro. Cilantro is a perfect, painless choice for an easy container garden. Many herbs enjoy full sun and need minimal watering. Herbs like mint, parsley, basil and oregano can thrive in various growing conditions. For some people Rosemary is a cinch for their garden! But I have killed Rosemary every time I have tried to grow it! Seeds and starter plants. I am trying again this month. Moving on to grasses!

oregano from my garden in a grow bag

Oregano from my garden/Marcie Pratt

Ornamental Grasses

Grass? In my container garden? YES! Ornamental grasses are such beautiful plants. Their height and stature provide volume and depth to a container garden design. Grasses have a high tolerance for many growing conditions and usually only require trimming about once a year. My favorite is Lemongrass, I have some now in a little growbag I just bought from Facebook Marketplace. Check it out below. Other good choices for grasses are Blue Fescue, Zebra Grass, and Feathergrass.


Wildflowers would be an awesome addition to any container garden. They are easy to obtain and pretty simple to grow and maintain because they will thrive in various growing conditions. You can purchase wildflower seed mixes that are good for full sun or shady locations. Most wildflowers will thrive in dry to medium soil. Containers for wildflowers should have extra drainage. This can be done by placing small rocks or pea gravel in the bottom of the container. Throughout the season you will need to deadhead the flowers for continued growth. I have found good wildflower seeds at Dollar General and online at

A low-maintenance container garden can be a beautiful and stress-free addition to your outdoor space. By selecting the right plants, and following simple maintenance tips, you can create a garden that requires minimal effort to maintain. Remember to consider the growing conditions in your outdoor space when selecting plants and choose varieties that are well-suited to your specific needs. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, a low-maintenance container garden can be a rewarding and enjoyable hobby that brings beauty and tranquility to your home. So get started today and enjoy the benefits of a low-maintenance container garden!

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