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Choices; descriptions; uses; growing tips; botanical information; yields and more. Beauty and Bounty in one place and in your containers! It will be your choice and we can help you make it!

Ornamental Tree Choices star
A wide variety of trees can be successfully grown in containers, not just the dwarf varieties that normally come to mind. So don't hold back! Here are some tips on how to choose a tree for your container garden.

Abutilon – A Flowering Shrub star
An Abutilon (Flowering Maple) shrub or standard in your garden will provide beautiful bell-shaped blooms from late spring through summer, and some varieties bloom almost continuously. These evergreen perennial shrubs are perfect for containers. Here's how to grow yours.

Crepe Myrtle Tree Photos and Descriptions star[offsite link]
An excellent chart of many crepemyrtle varieties from Clemson University. Lists size, color, hardiness, length of bloom, and other attributes. Photos also available.

Forsythia – Container Shrub of Many Uses star
If you are looking for an interesting shrub with beautiful flowers, to use as a backdrop for your garden or to train as a screen or for shade, forsythia is a perfect choice. Here are tips for growing, training, pruning, and general care of this gem for your garden.

Lemon Trees in Containers star
Growing your own container lemon tree is a treat for many reasons – least of which is being able to have lemon tea! It's a versatile fruit with many uses in several arenas not the least of which includes the kitchen, for health, for homecare, cleaning and just for plain garden beauty. Here’s how.

Living Christmas Tree Selection and Care star
You can easily grow a dwarf conifer in your container garden to use as your Christmas tree for many years. Special care is needed when moving indoors to ensure your tree's health. Here are the tips you need to grow a healthy Container Christmas Tree for many years to come.

Mahonia – a Perfect Shrub for Containers star
The various Mahonias, including Oregon Grape and California Holly Grape, are wonderful shrubs for containers. They are easy to grow, have clusters of yellow flowers in spring followed by pretty, edible fruit, then colorful foliage in fall and winter. Here are tips for growing yours!

Potting a Tree in a Container star
Fruit and ornamental trees are a wonderful addition to your container garden. Here are step-by-step instructions for planting bare-root, burlapped, or container-grown trees, and for caring for your newly-planted tree.

Shade Tolerant Bushes for Containers star
Container plantings are perfect for brightening up a shady area. Perennial bushes are not only easy to car for, but their beauty will lend color and joy to your garden for years to come. Here are eleven favorite bushes for containers, with tips for planting and care.

Shrub - Angel's Trumpet star
An Angel´s Trumpet shrub or standard in your garden will astonish and delight visitors, and you! These fast growing, large flowered, wonderfully scented evergreen perennials are natives to warm areas, so they need to be protected from frost, making them perfect for containers.

Training a Standard star
A standard, a shrub or vine which has been pruned to grow on a single, upright trunk, can be a beautiful addition to your container garden. Several type of bushes and vines lend themselves quite well to being trained as a standard, and it is quite easy to do. Here is what you´ll need to know.

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