Three Spherical Shrubs Growing In Black Containers
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Additional or seasonal interest and lack of space are the most common reasons for growing shrubs in pots, especially in urban settings. Whatever the reason, growing shrubs in pots has its advantages. Read on to learn more.

Using Potted Shrubs

Pots allow the opportunity to grow a variety of shrubs in a wide range of conditions and locations. Potted shrubs can be moved around easily, especially in cold or nasty weather. Potted shrubs provide a nice frame for entrances or patio settings. They can also provide lovely focal points. Potted shrubs work well as a backdrop for flowers and can even be grown in the same pot, provided it's large enough.

Tips for Growing Shrubs in Containers

Growing shrubs in pots is no different than growing in the ground shrubs. Growing requirements are typically the same; however, regular watering and fertilizing is more important in order to maintain healthy growth. Also, pots should always provide adequate drainage. Potted shrubs should be thoroughly soaked and allowed to become dry to the touch before more water is added. Occasionally, potted shrubs may require repotting into a larger pot or, if you are pruning the roots, they can be placed in the same one afterward. This prevents shrubs from becoming too large for their potted environments. It also freshens up the soil and prevents the shrubs from becoming root bound. Pots for shrubs should be large enough to accommodate the shrub but light enough to move around easily. Some shrubs tolerate container growing less than others, such as fast growers, which require continual repotting or pruning. The slower growing shrubs, on the other hand, make excellent choices for pots. Most evergreens enjoy potted environments and will add pleasing color in winter. These include:

Since containers are found in an assortment of sizes and styles, potted shrubs can be implemented into nearly any type of landscape setting and any garden style. They can be used for a variety of reasons and may be used alone or with other plantings. So regardless of where you live or what your garden design consists of, there's a potted shrub waiting to be found and incorporated into your landscape. All you need is a pot, a shrub, and some imagination.

Nikki Tilley
Senior Editor

Nikki Tilley has been gardening for nearly three decades. The former Senior Editor and Archivist of Gardening Know How, Nikki has also authored six gardening books.