7 Best Low-Maintenance Outdoor Plants for Containers in Sun or Shade

October Daphne (Hylotelephium sieboldii): These incredibly resilient succulents provide a gorgeous green carpet in a larger container and are great for filling in the sunny gaps behind other, taller plants. They also suppress weeds.

Rose (Rosa): Roses grow nicely in containers and can be trained to climb gracefully. Though roses are often associated with being fussy and challenging to grow, this is no longer entirely true thanks to newer hybrid kinds and cultivars.

Clematis (Clematis viticella): For a large pot, clematis is a lovely climbing alternative, but it will require a trellis to cling to. Additionally, this plant is a terrific option to quickly add height to your outdoor space without having to acquire or grow a giant tree.

Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus): Once established, rosemary requires very little maintenance (except from trimming it back when it outgrows the pot you planted it in).

Hosta (hosta): Hostas make excellent container plants because of their gorgeous, enormous foliage and strong personalities. Deer adore their hostas, so keeping them in containers will also keep them from being eaten!

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum): For much of the year, this hardy tiny plant doesn't appear like much. It is harmless and simple to ignore, with little, glossy, attractive green leaves.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata): Another fantastic plant for shadier outdoor areas is this one, which makes a great porch plant. Boston ferns are typically draped beneath porch eaves, although they can also thrive in a planter.