Shrubs and Trees
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!
A Poodle-cut Container Topiary
A Topiary is a living piece of art - and mostly admired for its shape and compact impact in the garden. Now add all that to a container garden already serving so many other purposes, and it makes container gardening more exciting. Find out how you can grow your own topiary, it's not so hard to do!
Abutilon – A Flowering Shrub for your Garden
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.
Angel's Trumpet- an Exotic Shrub for your Garden
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.
Choosing an Ornamental Tree for Your Container Garden
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.
Crepe Myrtle Tree Photos and Descriptions [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.
Espalier-How to Trellis a Tree
Do you have a sunny wall perfect for fruit but too narrow for a tree? Do you have an unsightly garden area you would like to beautify? Then espalier a tree! Espalier is the art of training a shrub or tree to be flat against a surface, and can be the perfect solution for a narrow area.
Forsythia – Container Shrub of Many Uses
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.
Hydrangea- Tips for Growing in Containers
Hydrangeas are wonderful flowering shrubs for growing in containers: they are fairly hardy, and with proper care they reward you with beautiful clouds of flowers from summer through fall. Here are tips for growing beautiful container hydrangeas in almost any climate.
Living Christmas Tree Selection and Care
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
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!
Shade Tolerant Bushes for Containers
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.
Training a Standard
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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