Determining the best plants for pots

You can plant nearly anything in a pot as long as you understand the implications. Consider the facts about each of the following categories:

  • Annuals and perennials: Annuals and perennials offer seasonal color.
  • Bulbs: Bulbs can come and go without much care.
  • Shrubs, fruit trees, and even vegetables: These plants all work in containers. They require more attention to watering and fertilizing when they're potted than they would if they were in the ground, and they may never do quite as well as they would in the ground. If you want to keep them from year to year, count on repotting them every year or two.
  • Succulents and cacti: Succulents and cacti are the most bulletproof plants for containers because they store water in their tissue, tolerate drought very well, seem to be okay with confinement, and won't wilt or die if you neglect them now and then. Any plant with succulent tissue has evolved in a dry environment, where the camel-like strategy of holding on to water is a key to survival. They bring that strategy to your veranda and make life easy for you.

Besides, succulents and cacti are amazingly diverse and strikingly (sometimes weirdly) beautiful. You can keep them in the same pot for years without any apparent harm, and if the kid you're paying to water them while you're on vacation forgets, the plants will be fine when you get home.

✓ Monocots: Plants in the grass, lily, iris, orchid, sedge, palm, and agave families (among others) are members of the class of plants called monocots. The name comes from the fact that germinating seeds of these plants have one seed leaf, the first juvenile leaf that emerges from the seed, called a cotyledon. For some reason, monocots are much more tolerant of the crowded conditions of a container than their counterparts the dicots (plants with two seed leaves like most shrubs, perennials, and annuals). This means that you can enjoy monocots in containers for a long time before you have to repot them. Many varieties thrive for years in very crowded, rootbound conditions.

Avoid planting vines in pots and then training them on a wall or arbor. This arrangement will work for a while, but eventually you end up with a sorry-looking mess because the vine will outgrow the pot and die on you in a highly visible way. Vines belong in the ground.

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