10 easy care evergreen pots for year round impact
For the next six months, the evergreen pots in my garden will create almost all the structure and impact.
But they need very little care and put up with a great deal of neglect.
For year-round impact, you just can’t beat evergreens in pots. Here are ten plus easy ideas for plants for evergreen pots.
Evergreen trees in pots
Conifers make a surprisingly good plant for a pot. They are structural and have some wonderful shapes and shades of leaves.
The pot constricts the root growth so they won’t turn into monsters.
Sculptural evergreens for pots
Look for strong shapes and colours. Phormiums and yuccas are back, and are increasingly popular. Very trouble-free plants!
Evergreen pots for shade
You can grow evergreen ferns in shade in pots. Harts’ Tongue Fern (any fern starting with ‘Asplenium’) is evergreen. Asplenium scolopendrium is the native wild version so likely to be a survivor. It also has an Award of Garden Merit from the RHS.
Fatsias area also very shade tolerant. In fact, the fatsias I know have tolerated almost anything. And if you thought fatsia was a bit boring, check out the variegated versions.
Evergreen climbers for pots
You can grow ivy in a pot. It’s an evergreen climber. But I don’t think that’s necessarily what you were thinking of?
But you can also grow the beautiful evergreen Star Jasmine (Trachelosperum jasminoides) in a pot. And you can also grow Clematis armandii (the evergreen clematis) in pot, too.
But choose big deep pots because they have a large root system. They will need a stable trellis or frame to climb up. And you will need to feed them a liquid feed fortnightly in the summer.
Evergreen grasses for pots
I do love grasses in pots. Choose grasses that are good for winter interest, such as Calamagrostis or Panicum. I have Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ in four pots and they have been there for over three years. I must re-pot them at some point but I think they quite like it.
Mixed evergreen pots collection
The all-green, no-flowers look for pots is stylish and easy to look after. The effect comes from contrasting shapes. And if you have lots of different styles of pot, it pulls them all together.
Covering the soil with a fine grit gives a good finish.
Evergreen plants for window boxes
Ivy is probably the number one choice for an evergreen in a window box. But holly and small conifers can work well too.
And evergreen pots for Christmas
You can get all sizes of Christmas tree for pots. I love the chance to bring in some unusual conifers.
Many Christmas decorations are fine outdoors and you can decorate small pots of conifers to be seen from the kitchen window.
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