Shrubs for patio pots

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Shrubs for patio pots
Rosemary makes a well-suited shrub for patio pots. (rosemary image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.com)

Patios and decks are great places to start container gardening. By placing pots, especially ones of different size and texture, you can change the layout whenever the mood strikes you. Don't limit yourself to flowers and vines for patio pots; shrubs and small trees do well too. Whenever you are ready to start your own patio container garden, pick shrubs for patio pots that suit your personal style and preference.

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Coralberry (Ardisia crenata)

Coralberry is an evergreen shrub well suited for containers. It grows 60 cm to 1.8 m (2 to 6 feet) tall with evergreen dark green leaves. Flowers bloom white or pink and generally hidden. Berries start coral, then turn red and are long lasting. Plant a coralberry in moist soil with shade. Propagate via seed. It tolerates some sun and drought conditions. This plant works well as a container plant for patio pots with winter colour and a low maintenance style. Coralberry grows outdoors in all of the UK.

Gardenia (Gardenia augusta)

Gardenia is a fragrant evergreen shrub that grows 1.8 to 2.4 m (6 to 8 feet) high and 1.8 to 2.4 m (6 to 8 feet) wide. Dark or bright green leaves are glossy, while blooms are fragrant and change from white to cream as they get older. Plant a gardenia in moist acidic soil in partial shade to sun conditions. Propagate via cuttings. Gardenia can grow outside all over the UK.

Pomegranate (Punica granatum)

The pomegranate is an edible fruit that grows on a shrub 1.2 to 4.5 m (6 to 15 feet) tall. Leaves are deciduous and orange-red flowers are trumpet-like. Pomegranate fruits are reddish green or yellowish green. Plant it in full sun and water regularly. It tolerates any soil type. Propagate via softwood cuttings, hardwood cuttings and layering. The pomegranate can grow outdoors in all but the coldest areas of the UK.

Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)

Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen that grows 1.8 m (6 feet) high and 1.2 to 1.5 m (4 to 5 feet) wide. It is used as a seasoning and an herbal remedy. Needle-like leaves grow 2.5 cm (1 inch) and clustered flowers grow in winter and spring. Flowers bloom in pink or dark blue. Plant a rosemary herb in full sun and well-drained, nonacidic soil. Propagate via cuttings and seed. UK growers can plant rosemary outdoors.

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