Strawberry pots aren't just for strawberries. These unique pots feature small pockets along the sides, with a large planting space on top. Each pocket provides a chance to display a different plant. Whether you want to extend your kitchen garden or just add some color to your yard, there is a strawberry pot option for you.
Create and Herb Garden
Strawberry pots work exceptionally well for herbs. The small pockets are just the right size for most annual herbs, and you can grow larger plants in the top of the pot. The herbs don't just provide seasoning in the kitchen—most are attractive enough to double as an ornamental planting. A few herbs to consider for the pockets include:
- Mint (this can be invasive, so only grow it in a pocket of the pot.)
Choose taller or bushier herbs for top, such as:
Most herbs thrive in full sunlight and moderately moist soil, but double check that all the herbs you select have similar requirements before placing them in the same pot.
Succulents and cacti create an attractive year-round display in a strawberry pot, but you may need to overwinter the pot indoors if the varieties you select can't tolerate cold winter weather. You can use just one type of succulent in each pocket of the pot, or plant a variety of different types that have similar sun, moisture and temperature needs. Choices include:
- Hen and chicks (Sempervivum spp.)
- Moss rose (Portulaca spp.)
- Small barrel cactus
Succulents and cacti generally prefer dry, sandy soil. You can use a soil mixture formulated specifically for succulents, or you can mix equal parts sand and a standard potting soil to make your own soil mixture.
Spill Some Color With Annuals
Almost any annual flower will thrive in a strawberry pot. Varieties that naturally trail, such as trailing petunias and lobelia, look especially attractive spilling from the pockets or top of the pot. Even upright plants, including impatiens, pansies and begonias, add a bright splash of color.
When selecting annuals, they must all share similar water and sun needs. Choose one tall plant for the top of the pot to add height and a focal point, and then surround it with trailing varieties around the rim.
Display your strawberry pot on your front porch, on the deck, or frame a driveway or walkway with other outdoor flower planters. It will create an eye-catching display that improves the beauty of both your home and landscape.