Top 10 Container Foliage Plants

Small space gardening is a cinch when you use these colorful foliage plants to make all your containers perfect 10s.

Foliage plants are the ultimate accessories for container and small space gardens. Sure, you can still have a lovely little display with blooms alone, but adding striking leaves and grasses here and there really gives your containers new life. Try a few of these Top 10 foliage plants in your containers this season.

Sweet potato vine

(Ipomoea batatas, annual)

A close relative of morning glories, sweet potato vines have the same climbing habit, growing up to 20 feet. You’ll easily find a cultivar to meet your needs: Blackie comes in near-black shades that go with every other color, Sweet Caroline Bronze (pictured here) sports gorgeous caramel tones and Tricolor boasts shades of green, white and pink.

Why we love it: The foliage complements a wide range of flowers, and the robust nature of many varieties means that one plant goes a long way toward filling out a container.

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  1. Phyllis Fleming says

    You really have to watch the creeping Jenny, it will take over everything and seemingly overnight — it is a lot like Kudsu (sp) in the south. Also, once it has a root in I have not found a way to eradicate it. It is one tough hardy plant.

    • June King says

      I am in total agreement with Phyllis. I find that
      to keep it from taking over, I try to have a lot
      of it in pots. It’s very pretty cascading over the edge, but watch out! Don’t let it touch the
      ground. It is very pretty, and adds a lovely
      color to the garden.

      June King

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