From Container to Landscape
January 30 2023
Plant and enjoy the beauty of container gardens now. Then refresh! After a season, remove the plants from the containers and plant the tree, shrubs and perennials in the landscape and fill the container gardens with summer color!
A) Small Tree
(Choose one variety, 2-gallon size or smaller- to easily fit root ball in pot) Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
‘Shaina’ or ‘Twombly’s Red Sentinel’
Baby Grand® Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
B) Perennials with attractive evergreen foliage (choose 2 of the same variety)
Ferns- Dryopteris ‘Jurassic Gold’ or Rochford Fern (
or similar evergreen fern
Euphorbia- ‘Miner’s Merlot’ or similar
C) Hellebore (Helleborus) (Choose 2 of the same variety)
‘Merlin’ or ‘Snow Fever’ or similar
D) Coral Bells (Heuchera) (Choose 2 of the same variety)
‘Forever Purple’, ‘Spellbound’ or similar
E) Dwarf Shrub
(Choose 1 variety, for container plant a 4-inch pot or 1-gallon-sized plant)
Heather (Erica or Calluna)
Dwarf Pieris (Pieris japonica) ‘Little Heath' or ‘Cavatine’ dwarf conifer: Mr. Bowling Ball® Arborvitae
Abies koreana 'Kohout's Ice Breaker'
Kinpo White Pine (Pinus parviflora' Kinpo')
F) Ornamental Grass
(Choose 3 of the same variety)
Carex ‘Feather Falls' or other similar varieties
Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon)
Lily Turf (Liriope)
(Choose any combination of annual color or bulbs to pop into the container)
Primroses- Bellarina series or similar
Hi Sandy! Pot size is depending on how long you keep the plants in the container. If you are planning on making a seasonal container for winter/early spring that includes the plants from the blog, you can use a pot size that fits all the plants snuggly, and then come spring/summer you can plant those plants in the ground and refresh the container with fresh summer annuals. If you plan on keeping the plants in the container for multiple seasons/years, then you would want a pot size that is twice the size as the plants being planted. As far as depth, you would want at least 2’.
I like the container ideas, that’s lots of plants for one pot..how big a pot should I start with?