From the types of plants you select to the almost endless range of containers you can use to house them, container gardening is an excellent way to add beauty to your landscape while growing veggies and herbs you’ll love to eat. Just about anything that holds soil and has (or can be given) drainage holes is fair game! For ideas, browse through our Container Inspiration Gallery below.

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    Beans and peas will grow in containers if given stakes or a trellis to climb.
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    The lovely, flower-like leaves make cabbage a lovely container plant. Thyme, sage, and chives surround this container cabbage.
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    This strawberry jar is packed with good-for-you greens. Romaine lettuce grows from the sides, while Swiss chard takes the top.
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    Broken clay pot? Don’t toss it just yet. This planter is made from a clay pot that split in half, with found rocks holding in the soil. It holds rosemary and thyme—both need very good drainage, which this setup provides.
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    One simple clay pot can add design interest in an herb garden. If needed, elevate the container so it can be seen.
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    A group of metal planters brings color and flavor to a corner of this garden, including peppers, parsley, basil, rosemary, and pretty blooms.
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    This blue ribbon combo combines peppers with the following ornamental flowers and foliage: angelonia (blue flowers), celosia (red flowers), and creeping Jenny (chartreuse foliage).
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    A trough or window-box style planter is a good choice for herbs such as rosemary and basil.
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    Pamela Crawford designed this pair: a window box filled with cherry tomatoes and flowers, and a tall planter offering loads of fresh basil.
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    Willow and wood baskets make lovely planters, but the material rots quickly. The trick is to plant in plastic and set the plastic pots inside the large baskets.
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    A tin trough planted with basil brings a casual, cottage look to this front stoop. If you use a metal container, make sure it has plenty of drainage holes.