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.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
  • Rhododendron Makes Good Container Plant

    Rhododendron 'Hydon Dawn'

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

  • Rock Rose as Container Plant

    Rock rose (Helianthemum apenninum)

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

  • Colorful Container Plant

    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

    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

    Hebe 'Silver Queen'

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

  • Decorative Foliage

    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

    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

    Littleleaf mockorange (Philadelphus microphyllus)

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

  • Decorative Variegatum

    Viburnum tinus 'Variegatum'

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

  • Willow Vale

    Lavender 'Willow Vale'

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

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

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