Low Maintenance Outdoor Potted Plants, Let’s Make Gardening Easy

Last Updated on April 15, 2024 by Real Men Sow

Outdoor spaces are becoming just as important for many people as indoor spaces. Beautiful plants can be grown in pots to enhance the space. Low-maintenance outdoor potted plants can be used to create ambiance and grow them super easily!

If you plan to grow plants outdoors, they must be durable plants that can withstand extreme temperatures. They will also look stunning no matter the season. 

We have compiled a list of the top 10 low-maintenance outdoor potted plants.


What Are The Best Low Maintenance Outdoor Potted Plants


Patio containers are a great place for the agapanthus. Because when the roots are constricted, the plant gets more energy that would focus on producing stunning flowers. It thrives in patio containers. The root structure is smaller so it can create impressive displays. These plants are so popular that they are a favorite in UK gardens. They come in every color, from violet and deep blue to pure white and everything in between. Evergreens can be found that offer colour throughout the year.


If you are looking to make cuttings to decorate your home, this is the flower for you. The Summer Breeze, one of many beautiful varieties, has lush foliage with orange-yellow blooms that contrast well with the hunter green. It is sure to catch your eye.

It is compact and upright so that it can be displayed on patio tables without bending its growth. Its strong stems make it easy to cut stems and display them elsewhere in your home. It is a perennial, meaning it can flower from June to November. This plant is great for growing in containers. It can grow to 60 to 90 cm tall.

Hebe ‘High Voltage’

This shrub is extremely hardy and can be grown in containers to provide year-round colour. Because it is smaller, the high-voltage variety can grow well in small pots. The flower spikes will be short and the flowers will grow to the extent that the shrub is covered in them. Each spike will be a deep, bright blue. As the flowers mature, they become pure white. They will attract butterflies and bees regardless of their colour. The name comes from the fact that the foliage transforms colour during winter, and it is not a deep green, but a bronze shade. This makes it an excellent choice for containers throughout the year.

Buddleia Buzz (Dwarf butterfly bush)

There are three types of butterfly bush: sky blue, buzz ivory, and buzz magenta. Although the butterfly bush is great at attracting butterflies to your garden, there isn’t a big variety of colors to choose from. The flower spikes of this bush are compact and extremely fragrant. You can also enjoy the wonderful aroma it gives to your outdoor area. The flowers grow in a compact upright manner so it doesn’t spread beyond the pot’s perimeter. This is an excellent option for people who cannot grow buddleias in pots.

Laurus Nobilis (Bay tree)

This is a formal shrub that you can make into a miniature topiary, or a smaller hedge in your trough. They add elegance to any formal garden with their high-quality appearance. This variety is extremely hardy and can be grown outdoors. It can also be shaped and pruned to create the look you desire. Brightly colored flowers are available throughout the year, which can be used to greet people in your outdoor space and as a kitchen herb. In very cold winters, they may need to be covered with frost fleece.

Callistemon viminalis (Bottlebrush)Callistemon viminalis (Bottlebrush)

This native Australian plant is a great choice if you are looking for something with a unique texture. The flower blooms of this bottle brush plant are fluffy and take on a hot pink hue, hence the name. You can also take the stems from this plant and put them in a vase indoors. This gives it a unique aesthetic appeal that is different from other plants. This plant attracts butterflies and bees to your garden and flowers early. It needs a protected area, so it’s ideal for small spaces on your patio or balcony. It is considered hardy, but we recommend covering it in fleece during colder months.

Skimmia Japonica ‘Rubella’ as Low Maintenance Outdoor Potted Plants

This evergreen shrub is compact and can be grown on pots. Because it is a beautiful plant, it is very popular outdoors. You can enjoy the evergreen leaves all year. It comes in a variety of shades that will add visual appeal to your outdoor space.

The plant’s winter blooms are punctuated with redbuds. Springtime brings fragrant white flowers. It is a beautiful addition to any garden. The nectar produced by this plant is great for attracting bees. Anyone can bring bee-friendly friends to their garden, and help the bee population. You will be amazed at the sounds of bees buzzing around your garden. This shrub is very sturdy and can be planted in a few hours. After that, you can just water it as needed. This stunning evergreen shrub is great for shrubs and gives off winter colour.

Lavatera Barnsley Baby (Mallow bush)

The lavatera is another upright beauty. This dwarf variety is common in cottage gardens. This plant has soft pink flowers and a branching structure. The saucer-shaped flowers attract bees and butterflies to your garden in the summer and will draw attention to anyone who comes by. It is easy to maintain once established and can even withstand droughts.

Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald and Gold’

The evergreen shrub is known for its variegated leaves. It gets its name because of the yellow-gold hues that are interwoven with the emerald. The emerald green and the gold can be enjoyed from a tall height. It will have a variety of colours throughout the year, with pinkish-red in the middle of winter. This versatile plant is great for privacy. This plant can be grown as a screen or hedge in containers. It can also be planted in troughs to provide privacy for your balcony. You can adjust the height to suit your needs.

Syringa vulgaris Beauty of Moscow

This dwarf Lilac is another dwarf variety that you can plant on your patio. You may have grown lilacs before, but they usually flower in the middle of spring. However, this dwarf variety will continue to bloom until the very end. With a second flush, the flowers will bloom from spring to summer and will last until the first frost. This compact, neat variety is easy to grow in pots and attracts butterflies. It also requires little care.

Real Men Sow
Real Men Sow

Hello, I’m Pete and I’m currently based in the west of Scotland, in a small place called Rosneath, where I’m exploring my garden adventures. I personally started gardening around 6 years ago and initially, I started out by growing my favorite fruits and berries, such as strawberries, Raspberries & Gooseberries. Since then I’ve added a lot of vegetables and working closely with my neighbor, it’s been a lot of fun.