Shrubs: Not just for your garden

Shrubs: Not just for your garden

Even though it's the middle of winter, spring is right around the corner. This is the perfect time for you to start thinking about what you would like to plant in your barrel, pots or other containers, they are not just for flowers anymore.

Have you ever considered planting shrubs? Shrubs are a great addition to any garden but can also look great when placed in containers, barrels or pots of your choice. By placing them around your patio you will create a whole new look. The possibilities are endless, just use your imagination! You can plant anything in a container: blueberry bushes, dwarf trees, flowering shrubs and, of course, any kind of vegetable or herb you would like to grow. Listed are a variety of shrubs that will look amazing.

Andromeda is one of my favorites, it has many different textures, looks a bit exotic, will look great in a container, is easy to grow, and prefers a more acidic soil.

Aster is a tropical plant that will do well in cooler climates when it’s planted in a container. The plant creates a number of different bloom colors and combinations which will appear summer to fall.  

Azalea is a larger shrub that will create a lot of blooms. It does well in partial shade and likes a soil that is moist and slightly acidic.

Brugmansia, also known as Angel Trumpets, are woody shrubs that will bloom from spring to fall. The plant has large fragrant flowers, and comes in colors white, peach, pink, orange, or yellow. If you want to attract pollinators this is the plant for you.

Boxwood is a very versatile shrub that does not require a lot of care and adapts well to its surroundings. This shrub grows quickly, so it will need to be maintained (a trim or two), and it does best in partial sun and well drained soil.  

Fuchsia is usually seen in a hanging basket, with its beautiful, delicate looking bell shaped flowers. Colors can range from bright pink with purple, to light pink with white, with red in both flowers. Fuchsia does best in well drained soil in partial sunlight. It will not do well in full sun.  

Gaura is another one to add to your containers if you want to attract pollinators. Gaura has lovely pink blooms, and will bloom for three seasons. This low maintenance perennial thrives best in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade.  

Hibiscus grows great in containers. With its shallow root system, it does not need to be deep planted. Hibiscus prefers well-drained soil that is slightly acidic and at least five to six hours of direct sunlight a day. It comes in a variety of colors: white, pink, orange and yellow.  

Hydrangea is a great container plant that will do well in any type of soil. It prefers well drained soil and will do well in full or partial sun. The flowers can be blue, pink, white, red, green or purple.

Laurustinus, also known as Viburnum, is a busy evergreen shrub that grows best in a container. Laurustinus has white and pink blooms that have a wonderful mild scent that you will love. They do well in moist, well drained soil and full sun but can tolerate partial shade.  

Pontenilla, another great shrub for containers, does best in full sun and well drained soil and is easy to maintain. It is a very hardy little shrub that is disease and insect resistant and grows only one to three feet. The flowers can be red, orange, pink or white.

Rosemary, which we know best as a perennial herb, is a very aromatic shrub with blue flowers and foliage that is slightly silver in color. It will grow best in well-drained, slightly acidic soil in full sun.

Article and photos by Cindy Golia

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