In this article, we’re going to talk about the best shrubs for containers. I love using greenery outside in pots and containers. We have used them in places like between our garage doors, around our pool, and next to our front and back doors. Shrubs in containers add a variety of visual interests to the exterior of your home. They also can create a lot of curb appeal.
When it comes to flowers, I never have any luck, but we seem to do very well with shrubs. We have actually had several of our green shrubs/plants for years. They have even traveled with us from a few different homes.
Here are some of our goto shrubs for containers along with some others that will do very well.
If you have been following us for any time at all, you know boxwoods are our favorite. We have found that they are truly the hardiest plant around. We have several planted in pots around our home. Boxwoods are the most versatile and adaptable shrub out there. Our favorite boxwood that we tend to use lots is the Wintergem or Wintergreen boxwood.
Ferns are not only a beautiful way to add greenery but do very well in pots. The Korean Rock Fern grows best in a container and also tolerates heat and humidity. It is important to keep ferns on a covered porch and not in direct sunlight.
Although we do not have a lemon tree, I have always wanted one. This may be my next shrub to plant in a pot. They are so adorable! They need lots of sun and warmth. It would be wise to leave out in warmer months and bring in to the heat in the winter. Not only will you have a beautiful plant, but you will also have some yummy lemons to use.
Little Giant Arborvitae
We have a few of these out by our garage and they look great. It works as a great vertical accent paired with some flowers or even as a stand-alone just as we have it here. I think the round shape of this shrub looks great in a tall pot.
Hydrangeas work great for growing in larger pots as long as they receive enough sunlight and moisture. They require a little bigger of a pot because their roots are aggressive and quickly fit small containers. One that is at least 2 feet wide will work perfectly. The beautiful blooms of hydrangea will be a wonderful accent to any outside porch or area.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
An Alberta spruce makes a perfect choice for a container considering it is slow growing. Its mature size can get 5-6 feet, but keeping it trimmed back and pruned will eliminate this. This evergreen will add a touch of greenery that will work great in a covered area outside.
We always get asked about our recurve privet plants that are situated next to our swing, and absolutely love them! We planted both three years ago after we moved into our current home. They have been thriving ever since! They need full to partial sun, so the back covered porch is perfect.
We love the look they give with their green leaves and full shape. Making sure to keep them trimmed is important so they will not outgrow their containers.
A Japanese Maple is normally seen in elegant outdoor seating areas. It adds lots of sophistication with its beautiful color. Its small stature and slow growth rate make it a great candidate for growing in a pot.