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evergreens for pots

Post by Mr List » Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:34 pm

just got rid of a couple of dwarf conifers I had in pots and I want something evergreen for winter interest to plant in the empty pots.

it will be with lots of hostas in the growing season so tall and thin would be best.


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Re: evergreens for pots

Post by PaulPlants » Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:44 pm

Pseudopanax ferox or crassifolius would be interesting or some colourful Cordylines?


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Post by Delboy » Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:33 pm

How about some small trachycarpus or chamaerops? Not the most exciting of answers I know, but both would be suitable although maybe not thin enough for you?
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Post by Mr List » Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:48 pm

I am wanting something to live in these same pots indefinitely so anything that would need repotting into bigger pots is a no no.

with shrubs and stuff you can trim the top growth and the roots to repot, that doesn't really work with palms and cordies.

also something which is 100% hardy in pots. this is simple no hassle plants I am after for these two pots.

are there any evergreen perennials that get to a nice big size?
what about a type of grass that has a very different look to bamboo?
do smoke bushes do ok in shady places and in pots?


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Post by Delboy » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:04 pm

Mr List wrote:I am wanting something to live in these same pots indefinitely so anything that would need repotting into bigger pots is a no no.

with shrubs and stuff you can trim the top growth and the roots to repot, that doesn't really work with palms and cordies.

also something which is 100% hardy in pots. this is simple no hassle plants I am after for these two pots.

are there any evergreen perennials that get to a nice big size?
what about a type of grass that has a very different look to bamboo?
do smoke bushes do ok in shady places and in pots?
My small smoke bush was in heavy shade and grew ok but its not evergreen so will be a pot of twigs in winter.
How about a standard mahonia or red robin?
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Re: evergreens for pots

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:06 pm

Bay, holly, privet?


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Post by Kristen » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:35 pm

Topiary (Box of Yew if you want it big) in a wacky shape?

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Those aren't serious, obviously!, but if you think of a theme then you could grow pretty much anything

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Agave americana in an urn?

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I think even a small one looks good:

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Re: evergreens for pots

Post by Mr List » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:10 pm

what about euphorbia characias ?

agave don't grow in shade do they?


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Post by countrylover » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:15 pm

I get the impression you always looks for plants that do not exist. My suggestion- plastic plants or just send a letter to Monsanto with a few million dollars included and they will make you the plants that meet your requirements.
Still looking for a huge Pseudopanax crassifolius...


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Re: evergreens for pots

Post by Adam D » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:28 pm

Mr List wrote:what about euphorbia characias ?

agave don't grow in shade do they?
I was always told that Euphorbia much prefer being in the ground to being in pots.


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Post by Neil Ziemski » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:28 pm

Pieris
Grows well in pots


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Re: evergreens for pots

Post by kindredspirit » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:15 pm

I have two Cortaderia Richardii in two pots.
Everyone remarks that it unusual but they all like them.
Can survive the occasional drying out if you forget to water them.


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Re: evergreens for pots

Post by PaulPlants » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:30 pm

If it's shade then what about a tall thin Yew (i.e. Taxus baccata fastigiata)? You will get a good few years out of a plant like this!


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Re: evergreens for pots

Post by tropical Tom » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:32 am

Cupressus sempivirens (italian pencil conifer) http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... =1&t=21747
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