Landscapers' Picks: The 10 Best Shrubs for Pots

With their decorative foliage, sculptural form and seasonal blooms, shrubs make beautiful additions to container gardens. These 10 plants will be happy in a pot for a few years if you replace the top layer of soil and feed them each spring.

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Rhododendron Makes Good Container Plant DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Rhododendron 'Hydon Dawn'

Mature size: 3 feet tall and wide. Ideal growing conditions: part shade; moist acid soil

Rock Rose as Container Plant DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Rock rose (Helianthemum apenninum)

Mature size: 16 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil

Colorful Container Plant DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Japanese pieris (Pieris japonica) 'Flamingo'

Mature size: 4 feet tall, 3 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: part shade, moist soil

bay,or laurus nobilis,makes good container plant DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis)

Mature size: 10 feet, can be kept pruned to 4 to 5 feet tall. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, acid soil

Silver Queen Hebe DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Hebe 'Silver Queen'

Mature size: 2 feet tall and wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade, well-drained soil

Decorative Foliage DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fatsia japonica

Mature size: 4 feet tall, 3 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: part to full shade, moist soil

bluebird hydrangea makes a good container plant DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Hydrangea serrata 'Bluebird'

Mature size: 3 feet tall and wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, acid soil

Summer Blooms of Mock Orange Shrub DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Littleleaf mockorange (Philadelphus microphyllus)

Mature size: 32 inches tall and wide. Ideal growing conditions: part shade, well-drained soil

Decorative Variegatum DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Viburnum tinus 'Variegatum'

Mature size: 3 feet tall and wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade, moist soil

Willow Vale DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lavender 'Willow Vale'

Mature size: 2 feet tall and wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil

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© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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