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31 Best Shrubs for Containers

by ThatWoW Editorial Team

Whether you have a green thumb or not, you’ll always want your house to look gracefully beautiful. A tried and tested way to achieve that is by planting shrubs, trees, flowers, or maintaining a patio garden in your free space. 

If you don’t have enough vacant space around your home, you can always turn to container gardening. The size and shape of the container must be selected on the basis of your preferred plant and it should have a hole to ensure proper drainage. 

Shrubs are the best option to grow in the containers. They don’t require much care and have a great return in terms of enhancing the glory of your garden. 

There’s a plethora of options to choose from and they’re never going to trouble you in terms of maintenance. Let’s look at some of them. 

31 Best Shrubs for Containers

1. Boxwood     

While most of the plants die during the winter months, a boxwood shrub flourishes with its green color. You must feed the fertilizer once or twice a year with at least 4 hours of sunlight a day. Water every once in a week in summers and rarely during the winters. 

2. Pomegranate 

Get this two in one shrub that would also produce fresh fruits in your home garden. You can easily grow it in a container under warm and arid conditions. The container must be around 10 gallons filled with one-quarter potting soil. 

3. Gardenia

Gardenia plants thrive the best in humidity and acidic soil. The container must have proper drainage holes and kept under bright sunlight. The container must be large enough to support the growth and spread of this plant. The plant is toxic to pets, so make sure to keep your pets at bay. 

4. Veronica          

Also known as Speedwell, this plant is an attractive perennial which will thrive in your garden all year long. Grow the plant in well-draining, compost-rich soil and water it frequently. Spring season is ideal for growing this plant. 

5. Hydrangea

Hydrangea plants are hydrophilic (i.e. they’re fond of water), they grow well in adequate water supply and sunlight with partial shade. Once the plant is established, it requires minimum care henceforth. During cold weather, you must protect the plant from frost and move it to a secured place. 

6. Gooseberry

Another fruit growing shrub in the list is gooseberry. You must be knowing the health benefits of these tiny berries. Although they can survive in any type of soil, the well-draining and rich soil is best suited for them. Water once every two weeks and don’t let the soil dry out. 

7. Lavender   

If you’re looking for something fragrantly colorful, this shrub is for you. Water the plant infrequently and keep it under the sun for at least 7 hours a day. The soil must be moist, sandy and warm. Some varieties of lavender become vulnerable in winters. 

8. Andromeda    

The plant is also called Japanese Andromeda, it shows color transition throughout the blooming season. The plant thrives best in well-drained, acidic soil containing a significant amount of organic matter under partial sun. The soil must be kept dampened, therefore water it frequently. 

9. Bougainvillea    

Choose a container with at least one drainage hole so that the moisture does not retain inside it. At the beginning, the plant must be watered frequently and fed with a water-soluble fertilizer. Once the plant is established, you can keep the soil slightly dry. 

10. Hibiscus   

Hibiscus is the most common houseplant that we get to see around us. The soil used in the pot must be lightweight and well-drained. It thrives best under full sunlight with partial afternoon shade and regular watering. During extremely hot weather, you may need to water it even twice a day. 

11. Bottlebrush   

To grow a bottlebrush shrub in the container, the diameter of the pot must be at least 6 inches. Bottlebrush plants are tolerant to drought conditions and can survive in any type of soil. Water it regularly while the plant is young.

12. Cotoneaster   

There are various types of this single plant and choosing the right one is a no-brainer. The plant does well without regular watering and fertilization. Keep them under full sunlight or partial shade to get the best of it. 

13. Wintergreen    

Wintergreen plants with red berries are such a sight to behold and this will add up every missing spark to your home garden. They survive well in moist soil and an average temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Water it regularly in order to keep the soil wet. 

14. Lilacs    

Another shrub to make your garden filled with the sweet smell is lilacs. The container must be large enough to keep up with the growing roots. The soil should be acidic and the plant must be kept under the sunlight for at least 6 hours a day. 

15. Lantana    

The plant is so attractive that you won’t be able to resist yourself from planting it. They release a soothing smell and are almost drought tolerant. Water them regularly keeping the soil moist but not soggy. Keep them under bright sunlight. 

16. Camellia    

Fill the container with well-draining and acidic to grow camellias in your home garden. Use water-soluble fertilizer and keep it under partial shade. Water it frequently during the summer season. 

17. Crepe Myrtle

This plant needs a comparatively larger container than other shrubs. It grows to its full length when regularly fed with fertilizer and water. During the winter season, move the plant indoors and keep it under artificial lights. 

18. Fuchsia   

This elegant plant has a lucid blend of two colors and will give an exotic feel to your home garden. Provide the plant with regular fertilization (once in two weeks) and watering constantly. Keep it under the partial sun or even full shade. 

19. Peony   

Add this quirky addition to your home garden, this shrub looks like a beautiful crafty flower. Use fertile, well-draining, and loose soil in a large container. Water the plant regularly when the soil is dry up to a few inches. 

20. Rose

Another commonly used shrub that you can easily plant in any container is a rose. They usually thrive in well-draining potting soil. They require regular controlled watering so that the roots do not rot. 

21. Speria   

If you’re a beginner in the field of gardening, speria is the right choice for you. They’re easy to maintain and return you with the best sight. Keep it under full sunlight and water regularly during the summer season. 

22. Viburnum Tinus

Viburnum Tinus aka Spring bouquet is a simple and subtle plant that can be easily grown in a pot. It is a perennial shrub that can tolerate some shade but usually prefers full sunlight. Check on the soil for excessive moisture. 

23. Ninebark    

Ninebark bushes are easy to grow in warm regions. They’re usually drought tolerant and can withstand negligence in terms of watering and fertilization. Keep the plant under full sun or partial shade. 

24. Magnolia   

To grow a Magnolia shrub, you need a large container and soil rich in organic matter. Regularly feed the half-strength liquid fertilizer during the blooming season. Water it regularly as the shrub likes cool roots. 

25. Plumbago Auriculata   

Also known as Cape Plumbago or Skyflower, the plant usually thrives in full sunlight. The soil must be well-drained and fertile with neutral pH. Feed the fertilizer every spring and water regularly. 

26. Bergenia  

Bergenia plant can acclimate itself to various environmental conditions. It thrives best when the potted soil is moist and the container is kept under sun. The plant can also do well in partial shade. 

27. Lemon  

Growing lemon shrubs in containers in your home garden is such a great idea. You just need to provide a proper drainage system, regular watering and fertilization to ensure its maximum growth. Don’t allow the soil to dry in between the waterings, this may lead to the disintegration of its foliage. 

28. Azalea   

This shrub with mesmerizing flowers is a must-have for your garden or patio area. It is a low maintenance plant that thrives in acidic soil. Ensure a good drainage system and expose it to the morning sun and subsequently keep it under partial sunlight. 

29. Golden Creeping Jenny   

Golden Creeping Jenny will add color and charm to your garden with its beautiful foliages and flowers. The plant is somewhat invasive so it’s best to grow it in a container. It will thrive in full sunlight and moist, well-draining soil. Water it regularly to avoid dryness in between the waterings. 

30. Flowering Maple 

Flowering Maple also known as Abutilon, the plant thrives in well-draining, moist and rich soil. If you live somewhere in a hot region, this can be the best option for you. Feed dilute fertilizer every once in a week and water it regularly. 

31. Sweetspire   

Also known as Itea Virginica, this shrub survives the best in humus-rich, moist soil. Show it at least 4 hours of sunlight and irrigate regularly during dry seasons. 

Before you opt for any of these shrubs, make sure to check the hardiness zone of your region. And move one step closer to an eye-catchy garden.


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