19 Ways to Grow Vegetables in Containers That Will Look as Gorgeous as They Taste
Add Color with Containers
Plant your vegetables in hanging baskets if ground space is scarce. Compact or "bush" varieties are best, though many herbs are also perfect picks for baskets. This pairing of tomato and basil, for example, creates a delicious and attractive display.
Test Garden Tip: Set up a drip-watering system to save you a substantial amount of time with a hose or watering can.
Incorporate Colorful Varieties
Grow Edible Flowers
Make an Herbal Window Box
Use Textural Contrasts
More on Texture
Grasses seem to go with everything because of their fine textures show off other plants well. Get the look in your vegetable garden by incorporating onions and chives. They work well with the cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers shown here. And happily, their flavors are a perfect fit, too!
Test Garden Tip: Lemongrass is another great pick for adding a grassy texture.
A scrambling cucumber is the star of this container creation. With its big leaves, bright flowers, and yummy fruits, it's a natural showstopper, especially when paired with an upright plant such as rosemary.
Test Garden Tip: Make harvest easy by letting cucumbers grow along the railing of your deck or patio.
You can also give vines such as cucumber, beans, or peas an upright support such as this obelisk. By letting vines grow up, there's space in the container to grow trailing plants such as nasturtium and fillers such as kale, signet marigolds, and eggplant.
Try Succession Planting
Gardeners get more produce from a small space by using a technique called succession planting. Once your plants are finished producing fruits or veggies for the summer, replace them with something else (such as a cool-season vegetable like broccoli if the warm weather is coming to an end). For example, the lettuce in this container will fade in summer, allowing you to grow eggplant, pepper, or another heat-loving variety with lovely lemon verbena.
Keep it Manageable
You may be able to get more plants than you think in a tight space. Here, just four pots provide a plethora of produce: Cucumbers, rosemary, Swiss chard, tomatoes, kale, eggplants, basil, peppers, and more. Limit the number of varieties you grow to only what you can use to save time and effort.
Make Them Handy
Place your containers where you'll be able to access them easily. It might be right outside your kitchen door, next to the grill to enhance a summer meal, or beside to your favorite bench or chair for convenient harvesting.
Play off Plants
Match Your Style
Create a lush look by growing plants that seem to explode with color, texture, and fragrance. See how nasturtiums, signet marigolds, peppers, tomatoes, basil, and pineapple sage fill this area with cottage garden elegance.
Accessorize Your Container
Leave a little space in your containers for garden decor. Here, a bentwood trellis adds color and interest to a planting of basil, parsley, and chives.