Native Plants for Planters

Updated: Mar 22

All of these plants can be used in container gardens, just make sure whichever ones you choose, they all want the same conditions. Planters are great for balconies, small spaces, patios, situated in a garden bed, etc. Not everyone likes a mixed planter, so feel free to use only one variety in a pot as a show piece or group a few planters together for impact.

Remember, native plants are very forgiving, feel free to experiment. The possibilities are endless. For an extra pop of color, you can always tuck in a few annuals like coleus, New Guinea impatiens, fan flower, etc.


Agastache foeniculum - Anise Hyssop (Sun-Partial Shade, long bloomer June-Frost)

Andropogon virginicus - Broom Sedge (Sun)

Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed (Sun-Partial Shade)

Athyrium filix-femina - Lady Fern (Partial Shade-Shade)

Chasmanthium latifolium - Northern Sea Oats (Sun-Shade)

Heliopsis helianthoides - Ox-eye Daisy (Sun-Partial Shade)

Juncus effusus - Common Rush (Sun-Partial Shade)

Lonicera sempervirens - Coral Honeysuckle (Sun-Partial Shade)

Matteuccia struthiopteris - Ostrich Fern (Partial Shade-Shade)

Osmunda regalis - Royal Fern (Partial Shade-Shade)

Panicum virgatum - Switchgrass (Sun)

Panicum v. ‘Shenandoah’ - Red Switchgrass (Sun)

Panicum v. ‘Cape Breeze’ - Dwarf Switchgrass (Sun)

Echinacea purpurea and cultivars - Purple Coneflower (Sun)

Veronicastrum virginicum - Culver’s Root (Sun-Partial Shade)

Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls' - Dwarf American Wisteria (Sun-Partial Shade)


Achillea millefolium and cultivars - Common Yarrow (Sun-Partial Shade)

Agastache rupestris - Licorice Mint (Sun, long bloomer July-Frost)

Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion (Sun-Partial Shade)

Aster novae angliae - New England Aster (Sun-Partial Shade)

Aster cordifolius - Blue Wood Aster (Sun-Partial Shade)

Aster divaricatus ‘Eastern Star’ - White Wood Aster Cultivar (Sun-Partial Shade)

Coreopsis and cultivars - Tickseed (Sun)

Dennstaedtia punctiloba - Hay-scented Fern (Partial Shade-Shade & Sun if kept moist to wet)

Eupatorium coelestinum - Hardy Ageratum (Sun-Partial Shade)

Fragaria virginiana and Cultivars - Wild Strawberry (Sun)

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' - Gaura (Sun)

Liatris microcephala - Blazing Star (Sun)

Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae - New England Blazing Start (Sun)

Liatris spicata - Blazing Star (Sun)

Polystichum acrostichoides - Christmas Fern (Partial Shade-Shade)

Pycnanthemum curvipes - Mountain Mint (Sun-Partial Shade)

Pycnanthemum flexuosum - Mountain Mint (Sun-Partial Shade)

Pycnanthemum muticum - Mountain Mint (Sun-Partial Shade)

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium - Slender Mountain Mint (Sun-Partial Shade)

Pycnanthemum virginianum - Mountain Mint (Sun-Partial Shade)

Solidago juncea - Early Goldenrod (Sun)

Solidago odora - Sweet Goldenrod (Sun-Partial Shade)

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' - Rough-leaved Goldenrod (Sun)

Solidago sempervirens - Seaside Goldenrod (Sun)

Sporobolus heterolepsis - Prairie Dropseed (Sun)

Verbena hastata - Blue Vervain (Sun)

Vernonia lettermanii ‘Iron Butterfly’ - Dwarf Ironweed (Sun)


Aster ericoides ‘Snow Flurry’ - Heath Aster Cultivar (Sun-Partial Shade)

Callirhoe involucrata - Poppy Mallow (Sun-Partial Shade, long bloomer May-Frost)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia - Virginia Creeper (Sun-Shade)

Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Cushion Blue’ - Moss Phlox (Sun-Partial Shade)

Phlox subulata ‘Fort Hill’ - Moss Phlox (Sun-Partial Shade)

Potentilla tridentata ‘White Cloud’ - Three-toothed Cinquefoil Cultivar (Sun)

Opuntia humifusa - Prickly Pear Cactus (Sun)

Viola labradorica - Labrador Violet (Partial Shade-Shade)


Aronia arbutifolia - Red Chokeberry (Sun-Partial Shade)

Aronia melanocarpa - Black Chokeberry (Sun-Partial Shade)

Callicarpa americana - American Beautyberry (Sun-Partial Shade)

Clethra alnifolia and cultivars - Sweet Pepperbush' (Sun-Shade)

Diervilla lonicera - Bush Honeysuckle (Sun)

Ilex glabra and cultivars - Inkberry (Partial Shade)

Itea virginica ‘Little Henry’ - Dwarf Sweetspire (Sun-Partial Shade)

Viburnum dentatum - Arrowwood (Sun-Partial Shade)

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