What shrubs can I grow in containers?

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What shrubs can I grow in containers?
Juniper is part of the bonsai tree species. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Cliff)

Shrub plants in containers are more vulnerable to harsh environmental conditions like frost, because they don't have the earth's insulation as protection. Therefore, the best shrubs to grow in containers are the low-maintenance kind, but any shrub can be used as a focal point in your garden or home.

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Native to the northern hemisphere, this evergreen shrub is part of the bonsai tree species, and cooks use its berries for spicing food and flavouring gin.


Rosemary is a perennial herb that's a member of the mint family. It is native to the Mediterranean, and is a very hardy, pest-resistant shrub.

Burning bush

This shrub grows up to eight feet tall and has greenish flowers that turn bright red in the fall. It's native to Asia, particularly China, Japan and Korea.

Tree ivy

Tree ivy grows large, glossy, lobed leaves and greenish white flowers that bloom in the autumn. It will tolerate shade and pollution.

Common myrtle

In the form of a shrub or small tree, this plant grows up to 90 cm (3 feet) high. Fragrant white flowers bloom in late summer, and it needs protection against cold winter winds.

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