Container plants are ideal for both experienced and beginning gardeners. They are portable and can be grown inside, which is a benefit to people with limited mobility or who do not have access to a yard or garden area. All types of plants can be grown in containers, including herbs, flowers and a variety of tall plants.
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Bamboo types include Phyllostachys, Fargesias, Thamnocalamus and Sasas. Bamboo plants can grow anywhere from 1 to 5 feet per year and will typically reach their full height within five or six years. Bamboo growth will depend on the size of its container -- the bigger the container, the larger your bamboo. Container bamboo plants are more sensitive than those grown outdoors and require watering between three to five times a week. You must also take care that the plant does not get too much sun; otherwise it may overheat. Wood planters offer good insulation for bamboo root mass. Note that container bamboo should be repotted every two to five years, depending on growth.
Dwarf conifers are woody plants and include low-growing Colorado spruce, Dwarf Korean fir and dwarf Alberta spruce. They can be planted year-round and grow at a relatively slow pace. Examine the shape of a dwarf conifer when selecting the plant. For example, dwarf Alberta spruce grows in a pyramidal shape, which means it is like an inverted cone; it will typically grow to 3 1/2 feet after 10 years. Low-growing Colorado spruce trees grow more wide --about 8 feet -- than tall, though at 4 feet in height they are still quite large for a container plant. Dwarf Korean fir trees will grow to around 3-feet wide and 4- to 5-feet tall.
If you want height and colour variety, choose from an assortment of ornamental grasses. They can be kept indoors or out; however, if you can store them inside during the colder months, they will keep better. Options include the tan Carex flagellifera, blue Elymus magellanicus and Carex flagellifera Kiwi, which, as its name suggests, is kiwi-green in colour. You may want to combine warm and cool season grasses in the same container so you have a longer blooming season. Don't fertilise ornamental grasses or they may wilt.
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