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.


(Vinca, Zones 4-11)

Our list wouldn’t be complete without vinca. The ultimate trailing container plant, it looks good with just about anything. Grow it in sun to partial shade for best results, and expect it to reach 3 to 6 feet. While vinca is sometimes grown as an annual, look for information on specific varieties. Also note that vinca is invasive in some areas.

Why we love it: It’s easy to find. With some container plants, it can be hard to track down the right variety or cultivar, but vinca is readily available at most nurseries.

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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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