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Growing shrubs and trees in large planters

Create a formal, elegant entranceway with a pair of large wood planters, each containing a stately cedar. The only limitation to the size of your shrub or tree is your ability to move the planter if necessary.

Placing large planters with shrubs or trees on a wheeled movable base can overcome this problem as long as stairs are not involved. A windy exposure must also be avoided as tall trees in planters may topple and damage the tree or planter. A weather-hardy planter is a must for shrubs and trees as they will likely remain outside through the colder season.

shrubs and trees in plantersBushy shrubs and evergreens can provide an attractive privacy screen on a balcony or patio and soften a noisy or unappealing view. The types of garden spaces you can create using shrubs in large planters is endless. You will find hardy shrubs, ideal for just about any growing conditions as well as shrubs which will do well in tough conditions, such as Japanese aucuba, heavenly bamboo and yuccas.

The appeal of shrubs may be in the texture or color of their foliage through the seasons, or in the color of their flowers, or even in their fragrance on a cool summer evening. shrubs and small trees are an excellent way to add height and fullness to your container garden design. As the plant matures, you may consider planting it permanently in the ground to allow it to continue to grow to full size, or you can continue to prune it to keep it happy in a planter.

A Selection of Shrubs and Trees for Garden Planters:

  • Cedar
  • Weeping cypress
  • Japanese maple
  • Gardenia
  • Hydrangea
  • Lilac
  • Roses
  • Heavenly bamboo
  • Azalea
  • Rhododendron

If you suspect your tree or shrub may not be cold-hardy, move it to a protected spot closer to the house or into your garage for the winter. It is also a good idea to wrap the garden planter in burlap first, then with a green garbage bag for added protection through cold winters. If the shrub or tree is tender, you can also wrap it with a garden netting or large weave material. Fiberglass and resin planters are ideal for trees and shrubs as they are lightweight and not prone to cracking.

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