The Best Containers for Small Gardens of 2023

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Just because you have a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have a great garden. By using containers with clever, efficient designs, you’ll have lots of growing options, whether you’re into veggies, herbs, flowers, or all of the above. 

With gardening in small spaces, it really is important to make the most out of every inch. Often, this means growing up and in layers as much as possible. There are definite benefits to this. By planting in a small space, especially vertically, it creates a really gorgeous aesthetic. You’re able to create your own little secret garden without spending a fortune or taking up a lot of time. In fact with the right containers, you can probably have a pretty amazing setup in a single weekend.

Read on for the best containers for small gardens.

Best Overall

WeGuard 5-Levels Raised Garden Bed

WeGuard Vertical Garden Planter

Courtesy of Amazon

For those who need something that is completely free standing, this tiered planter is perfect. You’ll get five levels total, which are all detachable to allow you to plant, move things around, and drain water as needed, making it our top choice.

The frame of this unit is made from steel-coated iron metal that is rustproof and water-resistant. This is actually a really popular design and some places even have it in colors. It can help you maximize your planting area on a porch, patio, or deck space.

Best Budget

Trumilu Stackable Planter Vertical Garden

Stackable Vertical Garden

Courtesy of Amazon

You’ll love growing flowers or herbs in this stackable container. It comes as a five-tiered system, with each tier having three planting pots—so 15 planting spots total and black liner pots are included. Each one is 12.5 inches wide, and when fully stacked, it’s 24 inches tall. The pots look like terra cotta but are more lightweight, made from a food-safe polypropylene plastic that is also heat-resistant. You can leave the planter sitting or hang it with the included materials. You really get a lot of bang for your buck for this one.

Price at time of publish: $39

Best All-in-One System

Foyuee Raised Planter Box On Wheels

Foyuee Raised Planter Box On Wheels


Store your supplies, grow some plants, and move it around as much as you need with this planter box on wheels. The ergonomic design eliminates a lot of need for bending or kneeling. The cart is made from galvanized steel, which includes an anti-rust coating. The middle of the cart has a drainage hole and water line to keep it from clogging up. Since it’s on wheels, this unit is easy to use both indoors or out. It would be perfect to use for starting seeds, and then just move it outside when you’re ready.

Price at time of publish: $110

Best Hanging Planter

Terrain Sphere Hanging Basket

Sphere Hanging Basket

Courtesy of Terrain

All hanging baskets are going to be good space-savers, and these are unique as well. Made by hand in California, these are solid steel baskets with extra deep planting areas. This means your soil and plants won’t try out all the time, so less watering overall! You’ll find multiple size options, ranging from 11 inches to 28 inches. You might spend more for a unique, quality hanging basket like this, but it’ll be well worth it in the long run—both for conserving water and the overall longevity of the planter. By the way, this company also makes a great little hanging terrarium, which is worth checking out here.

Price at time of publish: $78

Best Self-Watering

Keter Urban Bloomer Raised Garden Bed

Keter Urban Bloomer Raised Garden Bed


Love self-watering so you don’t have to think about it all the time. This one is perfect for you. This container is approximately 32 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 30 inches tall. Plus there’s a shelf along the bottom for storage. The unit comes with a built-in water gauge that will tell you when your plants are in need, thanks to the water reservoir system. It comes with a seed-sprouting tray, so it’s perfect to get started growing in spring. It’s perfect for veggies, herbs, or flowers.

Price at time of publish: $150

Best for Patio Gardening

EMSCO GROUP 20-in W x 24-in L x 10-in H Raised Garden Bed

EMSCO GROUP 20-in W x 24-in L x 10-in H Earth Brown Resin Raised Garden Bed

Courtesy of Lowes

Here’s another self-watering container, and this one is on wheels. The 2-gallon watering system along the bottom of the planter will keep your plants evenly watered for days. Since it’s on casters, you can roll this around as needed, which can especially come in handy if you don’t have a lot of sun and need to move things around. You can feel good knowing the piece is made from a resin that is long-lasting, food-safe, and chemically inactive. It’s perfect for a patio veggie garden or herbs.

Price at time of publish: $40

Best Tower

Burpee The Garden Tower 2

The Garden Tower 2

Courtesy of Burpee

There are a lot of tower systems on the market, and this one is truly one of the best because it doubles as a composting unit. Once it’s all together (it’ll sit at 25 inches wide and 44 inches tall), you’ll be able to grow up to 50 plants in a single place. Then there’s a vertical compost tube, which you can use to add kitchen scraps throughout the season. You’ll want to add about half a cup of worms to the unit as well. Since this container is also a vermicomposting design, the worms are the ones that will do the work to turn your scraps into nutrient-rich soil. What a cool way to get more out of your space and have less waste!

Price at time of publish: $360

Best Wall Planter

VIVOSUN Vertical Wall Garden Planter

VIVOSUN 7 Pockets Vertical Wall Garden Planter Wall Mount Planter Pouch

Courtesy of Amazon

Made from layers of felt cloth and a water-proof backing, this pocket planter is easy to install on any fence or wall. The planter is nearly 12 inches wide and 45 inches long, and the pockets are extra deep to hold plants better. It's UV resistant, and designed to allow water to seep down from level to level. It comes with zip ties that you can use to attach it to a fence or railings, or you can attach it to a wall by installing install hooks or some other kind of sturdy anchor.

Final Verdict

Our top pick is the WeGuard 5-Levels Raised Garden Bed, because it can add a lot more growing space to your backyard, deck, or patio. Then for a container that doubles as a garden cart, check out the FOYUEE Raised Planter Box.

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Treehugger wants to help you make the most of your gardening space, no matter how big or small it is. The author, Stacy Tornio, lives in an urban bungalow in Wisconsin, so she knows how to make the most out of a small space. She’s been gardening since she was a kid and writing about plants for 15+ years.