Some tropical plants that do well in pots and other containers include flowering maple and hibiscus. Another plant suitable for growing in a pot that can be moved inside during the cold months is the mandevilla.
The flowering maple features red, yellow, pink and orange flowers that form bell shapes. It requires bright light a minimum of 4 hours a day, and it does well in very moist soil. Hibiscus flowers can be red, orange, blue or purple, and the plant does best in direct sunlight and moderately moist soil. The mandevilla features red flowers and long, green vines, and it grows best in moderately moist soil. Owners must be cautious when handling mandevilla because its sap causes skin irritation.