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The Best Plants For Outside Pots and Gardens

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Plants For Outside. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Succulent Plants

This product was recommended by Erik Pham from Health Canal

These plants are perfect for small spaces or for those who want to add a touch of greenery without the hassle of caring for larger plants. Although they require some initial care, once they are established, they are relatively low-maintenance. They prefer bright, direct sunlight and well-drained soil. When watering, be sure to allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to add some greenery to your space, succulents are a great option. And one of the best things about succulents is that you can easily create a small outdoor garden with them. You don’t have to plant your succulents alone. Succulent plants “play nice together.” You can put several succulents in the same container to create an outdoor “dish garden” of sorts.

The Milkweed Plant

This product was recommended by Alex Tinsman from How To Houseplant

The milkweed plant is able to withstand the outdoor environment since it produces toxic chemicals that make predators to keep off. The plant also thrives in the sun which makes it a great plant to be grown in the outdoor garden. It is a source of nutrition to milkweed butterflies that adds to the aesthetic value of the plant while on the outside.

The Ginger Plant

This product was recommended by Millie Pham from Millie Pham

This is one of my favorite plants for outside because it’s an easy choice for anyone wanting something both green and colorful but doesn’t want to deal with a lot of maintenance. The leaves are quite spaced out, so you can feel the effect of them dancing in your garden space. They’re also easy to care for—just be sure to let them dry out between waterings!


This product was recommended by Vera Kutsenko from Neverland

Croton has an autumny vibe to it. It’s not like your everyday houseplant. The color contrast makes it stand out from the mundane green foliage of ornamental plants. The leathery rainbow- colored leaves look radiant on a sunny day. You can keep two pots on your patio. However, if you grow it in the soil, they grow twice as bigger and stronger. Little maintenance makes them a good outdoor plant, as it requires moderate watering.

Pink Muhly Ornamental Grass

This product was recommended by Miguel Palma from JardinTienda

This is an easy to grow plant with pink grass that makes it a beautiful attraction to the eye as an outdoor plant. It blooms well in summer attracting birds, butterflies and bees. The plant is resistant to drought and acts as an excellent air purifier in your compound.

Pentas Lucky Star

This product was recommended by Kristi Smith from Honest Brand Reviews

Pentas have star-shaped, nectar-rich flowers that attract pollinators and improve your garden’s ecosystem. So, they are perfect for the outdoors. Plus, they can survive a full day in the sun, which means you don’t have to worry about the plant dying due to excess heat. They are found in different colors, such as lavender, pink, white, and red. As a result, your yard will look beautiful with all the bright colors enhancing the property’s curb appeal.

Caladium Bulbs

This product was recommended by Werner Jorgensen from HeatXperts

Caladium is one of the best plants to place outdoors. You can pot it and place it on your patio. Or, place it in the ground around your other plants and flowers. It has arrow-head-shaped leaves that grow in shades of white, red and pink. The white shade gives off a glow-in-the-dark effect once the sun goes down. This makes it an excellent choice to place along your garden wall. Caladiums like to grow in warmer climates, so they’ll need plenty of sun.

Gardenia Bush

This product was recommended by Jamie Penney from The Backyard Pros

The Gardenia Bush is an ideal outdoor plant. Not only does it look beautiful, but it loves the outdoors. They bloom longer than other varieties and have deliciously scented white flowers. They grow wonderfully if kept outside in the sun, so you won’t have to worry about shade altogether. If proper care is given, they’ll bloom for years, providing flowers in spring through fall. All they need is daily moisture and good light, which will make your outdoor space look amazing!

Oakleaf Hydrangea

This product was recommended by Ashley Wilkerson from Dog Food Smart

Want a quaint, low-light loving shrub to add to your yard? The oakleaf hydrangea has plenty of textural leaves, sturdy stems, and white-pink blooms. In their native habitats, oakleaf hydrangeas prefer shade, however, they can still grow well in the sunlight. Some varieties can reach heights of up to ten feet, so be sure to keep on top of your annual pruning! Whether you need some extra curb appeal or a new statement plant for your yard, the oakleaf hydrangea is an excellent choice. These shrubs can be toxic to dogs, so be mindful where you plant them.


This product was recommended by Alex Williams from FInd This Best

Bromeliads have splashy flower displays. However, they only flower once during their lifespan under the right conditions. Once the bloom fades, cut the flower stalk at its base. After flowering, the plant usually produces pups or baby offshoots of new plants. Many types of bromeliads are famous for their beautiful foliage; they have multicolored leaves in red, green, purple, orange, and yellow, some with bands, stripes, spots, and other features. The beautiful multicolored leaves of these plants will make your house look beautiful and vibrant.

Cordyline Sister Ti Live Plant

This product was recommended by Aviad Faruz from Faruzo

The Cordyline is also known as the Hawaiian or the Good Luck outdoor plant. It requires low maintenance. It charms in a colorful evergreen shrub that gives a splash of color to any house or garden. There are several Cordyline types, and its lustrous rainbow variegated and thick leaves are among the most colorful in the plant world. They flourish in direct sunlight over 65 degrees. They should be watered when the top inch of soil becomes dry. When potting up your plant, use any conventional potting mix that has some perlite and drains well.

Sweet Alyssum

This product was recommended by Elisa Bender from RevenueGeeks

This perennial with low growth produces tiny, honey-scented blooms, making it a lovely plant. Although Sweet Alyssum looks beautiful pouring from pots, make sure it receives enough sunlight so it may bloom continuously. It shines on its own, but you can even add it to taller plants. Although light shades give good results, full sun is best for Sweet Alyssums. Grow at the border edges, in pots and window boxes, on banks, rockeries, or at the edges of vegetable beds. It’ll definitely make the outside look amazing.

Lavender Plant

This product was recommended by Anthony Selva from Plantials

Lavenders are a highly sought plant genus with more than 25 different species of shrubs and aromatic herbs. They are very common among gardeners in the west, but very few of them know that these plants are an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor gardens. Most of the species in the lavender genus have pale grey foliage and erect spikes of highly fragrant flowers. These plants are quite versatile and will adapt to the local conditions easily. However, high-quality blooms need bright light and a well- drained soil medium.

Strawberry Plant

This product was recommended by Michael Liam Miller from Luxury Cars A2Z

Strawberries are a great outdoor plant that can provide you with fruits as well as add a great look to your outdoor garden. The strawberry plant adds a charming view and complements your other garden plants as well as releases nourishing scents. You could mix in a blend of different plants to your outdoor garden which would look great, but adding a few strawberries can be a bonus when you walk by early morning and find some fresh strawberries to pick.

Stella De Oro Daylily

This product was recommended by Steve Sacona from Top 10 Lawyers

This bright, cheerful flower keeps blooming all season if you take care of it accurately. They have a great contrast of brilliant yellow blooming throughout all seasons. They can be planted in masses in your garden even around offices which look elegant. They don’t even require too much care or anything to keep them blooming. These flowers keep blooming continuously. They need to be deadheaded once a year to maintain proper blooming.

Ficus Alii Tree

This product was recommended by Kevin Wang from Inyouths LED Mirrors

The Ficus Alii is a beautiful, easy-to-care-for tree that is perfect for any home or office. It is one of the best plants for the outside because it does not require much sunlight and can tolerate some shade. The Ficus Alii can grow to be up to 10 feet tall and is a relatively fast grower.

Bonsai Tree

This product was recommended by Kevin Wang from Inyouths LED Mirrors

Bonsai Trees are perfect for those who want a low-maintenance plant that is still beautiful. Bonsai Trees are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles, so you can find one that fits your space perfectly. Bonsai Trees do require some special care but are well worth the effort.


This product was recommended by Jen Stark from Happy DIY Home

Hibiscus are stunning plants that come in a wide variety of colors. They are relatively easy to care for and can thrive in both sun and shade. Hibiscus can reach up to 6 feet tall and make a beautiful addition to any landscape.


This product was recommended by Luke Lee from Palaleather

Roses are classic plants that have been grown for centuries. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes and can be grown in both sun and shade. Roses require regular pruning and deadheading but are otherwise easy to care for.


This product was recommended by Lily Will from Ever Wallpaper

Catmint is an ornamental and outdoor plant with unscented leaves. Catmint is related to catnip but is unlikely to attract cats to your garden. The catmint is easy to grow on soil or pots, and its beautiful lavender-blue flowers and grey-green foliage add character. They are heat and drought resistant and love full sunlight or partial shade.

Coleus Plant

This product was recommended by Derrick Hathaway from VEM-Medical

There is a single outstanding justification for one’s adoration of coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides). In the past few years, there has been an explosion of new cultivars available for purchase, which means that many leaf colors are available to match any garden design. The best conditions for growing coleus are partial shade or sun and regular, thorough watering. Remove spent flower spikes to encourage bushy growth in plants, or leave them in place to entice hummingbirds to your patio.

Lobelia Plant

This product was recommended by Dwayne Kula from Led Lighting Supply

Lobelia would be a great choice for an outdoor plant. They are best placed outside as they thrive in full sun or part shade. They are also well-grown in the winter as well. The intense blue color on top of bright green leaves serves as a great attraction for birds and is a beautiful sight for the eyes.

Persian Shield Plant

This product was recommended by Peter Hoopis from Peter Hoopis Ventures

The Persian Shield is the plant you need if you want a low-maintenance outdoor plant. It doesn’t matter if you live in the north or the south, place the plant indoors or outdoors, or like it growing in your garden or a container. This beautiful and hardy plant will thrive in any condition and in almost any climate. It makes a striking appearance in your garden with its metallic, shiny purple leaves. It grows to just around 3 feet. All you need is to water it regularly when it’s hot outside or if it’s placed under the full sun.

Dwarf Olive Tree

This product was recommended by Petar Dzaja from Olive Knowledge

Olive trees are perfect for any garden, especially if you like Mediterannean style gardens. Little Ollie is the most popular variety of dwarf olive trees – it’s extremely beautiful and is easy to prune to any shape you want. Little Ollie is also a fruitless olive tree, so you won’t have to deal with olives messing up driveway or patio around the tree. Most importantly, it’s very tolerant to droughts, and can be grown in 8-11 USDA zones. Little Ollie is a great choice for anyone with smaller gardens who don’t prefer large trees. If you prefer growing plants in pots, Little Ollie is perfect for that, just make sure to put the tree into a spot with a lot of sunlight throughout the day.

Peace Lily Plant

This product was recommended by Matt Wilson from Lift Your Game

I would recommend The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) for outdoor gardens. This plant is easy to grow, requires little maintenance, and can provide a lush backdrop for your garden or patio. I love the Peace Lily because it’s a beautiful plant that is easy to care for and takes up very little space in an outdoor area. Also, it serves as an excellent natural air purifier, which can help keep your outdoor spaces free from pollutants.

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Written by Zak Parker

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