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Shrubs for permanent planting in medium and large tubs

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Top fruit on dwarfing rootstocks. Not very windy sites.
Small acer (maple) species. Not very windy sites.
Aucuba (spotted laurel).
Bay {Laurus nobilis).
Berberis (barberry).
Camellias. Cool sites, ericaceous compost and lime-free water needed, not for exposed positions.
Ceanothus (Californian lilac). Not very windy sites.
Choisya ternata (Mexican orange blossom). Not very windy sites.
Cistus (sun rose). Not very windy sites.
Daphne. Not cold or windy sites.
Elaeagnus (oleaster).
Escallonia. Not cold sites.
Euonymus japonica varieties (evergreen spindle bush).
Heathers. Ericaceous compost and lime-free water needed.
Hydrangea. Not windy sites.
Hypericum. Not cold windy sites.
Kalmia. Not cold sites, needs ericaceous compost and lime-free water.
Ligustrum (privet).
Magnolia. Not exposed sites.
Olearia. Not cold, frosty sites.
Osmanthus. Not cold, windy sites.
Pernettya. Ericaceous compost and lime-free water needed.
Pieris. Cool sheltered site, ericaceous compost and lime-free water needed.
Rhododendrons and azaleas. Conditions as for pieris, above.
Roses. Bush, shrub and standard roses do quite well in large tubs in some sun but look uninteresting in winter. Not suitable for very exposed sites.
Syringa (lilac).
Yucca. Not very exposed sites.
Also group plantings of the shrubs below.

Small and trailing shrubs suitable for window boxes, small and medium tubs and troughs and large hanging baskets

Berberis (barberry). Dwarf varieties.
Cistus (sun rose). Dwarf varieties. Not cold windy sites.
Daphne. Dwarf varieties. Not cold or windy sites.
Euonymus. Dwarf evergreen varieties.
Heathers. Ericaceous compost and lime-free water needed.
Hebe (shrubby veronica). Dwarf hardy varieties.
Hypericum. Dwarf varieties.
Japanese azaleas. Provide some shelter in cold windy sites. They need ericaceous compost and lime-free water.
Miniature roses. Not exposed sites.
Vinca (periwinkle).
Shrubby and herbaceous herbs. Will require splitting and replanting regularly.

Temporary ornamental plants for tubs, troughs, window boxes, hanging baskets and growing bags

Hardy annuals. Low-growing ones for exposed sites, window boxes, small tubs and hanging baskets. Half-hardy annuals (summer bedding plants).
Half-hardy foliage plants (cineraria, helichrysum, etc.).
Trailing nepeta (catmint).
Spring bedding plants (wallflowers, winter pansies, forget-me-nots, etc.).
Dwaf spring flowering bulbs (snowdrops, crocuses, miniature daffodils, species tulips, dwarf irises, scillas, etc.) — not small pots and hanging baskets.
Summer bulbs (star of Bethlehem, dwarf gladioli, chin-cherinchees, ixias, tuberous begonias, etc.).
Bedding perennials (pelargoniums, fuchsias, pansies, begonias, marguerites, lantana, verbena, heliotrope, etc.).

Other subjects for container planting

Salads and many other vegetables.
Soft fruit and strawberries.
Water plants and miniature water lilies.
Herbaceous perennials but these are not very exciting when they are out of flower.
Conifers (dwarf ones for small containers, taller and stronger-growing ones for big ones).
Most alpines and rock plants (a sharp, gritty compost is required and very good drainage). These are especially attractive in sinks and small troughs either on their own or with one or two miniature shrubs and conifers. For best results give bright light and an open position.

Some plants suitable for growing on walls in large containers

Camellia. Not cold exposed sites.
Ceanothus. Not cold exposed sites.
Chimonanthus (winter sweet).
Clematis. Container must be placed out of full summer sun.
Escallonia. For warm walls.
Figs. For warm walls.
Hebe. Warm walls only.
Lonicera (honeysuckle).
Passiflora (passion flower).
Pyrancantha (firethorn).
Climbing roses (less rampant varieties).
Viburnum burkwoodii.

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