27 Aug Urban Gardening: Friendly Urban Container Plants
I found a GREAT list of plants that do well in containers and are therefore really good for urban gardeners. Thanks to Urban Gardening Help for this information. This is only a bit of it so I encourage you to click over and see the multitude of resources available for urban gardeners-and those of us who love container plants.
Here is a starter list of flowers and veggies that do well in containers and some specifics on each one. Very cool!
- Echinacea is a terrific urban garden plant and has an appealing daisy-like bloom. It is also a medicinal plant and you can use it to make an immunity-building tincture.
- Zinnias add easy color to your container garden.
- Portulaca is available in many different colors and looks great spilling out of hanging baskets.
- Trailing annuals such as Petunias work well with larger, more vertical plants placed in the background.
- Tulip bulbs are a favorite for container gardening.
- Begonia is a beautiful flower for hanging baskets.
- Lily of the Nile in the dwarf size is great for small containers.
- Daffodils are flowers grown from bulbs that will provide long-lasting color.
- Lantana makes a colorful addition to your urban garden and will change color as the growing season progresses.
- Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is a beautiful daisy-like flower that can grow up to 3 feet tall. They love the sun and work well with low-lying grow covers.
Fruits and Vegetables:
- Window Box Roma’ tomato works well in pots and will grow to a manageable size.
- Radishes grow quickly and easily in container and grow at a shallow soil depth.
- Carrots are available in miniature varieties. ‘Kinko’ and ‘Oxheart’ are excellent for small spaces.
- Some citrus plants such as kumquats grow very well in containers and indoors.
- ‘Tumbler’ tomatoes grow in vines and grow in hanging container gardens. Tomatoes are a staple of Italian cooking supplies.
- Make use of your vertical space by planting climbing vegetables such as peas and beans.
- Squash such as zucchini and sunburst do well in small spaces and can also grow up over vertical features of your urban garden.
- Several varieties of cucumbers exist for growing in small spaces. Ask your local nursery for advice.
- Figs grow great in containers, but make sure you use a durable container to keep the roots from breaking out.