Andrew McIndoe of MyGardenSchool notes that there are many shrubs that can be grown in containers, including Pieris "Katsura." It grows well in lime-free compost and in shaded or semi-shaded areas.Continue Reading
Another shrub that grows well in containers is Rhododendron "Nancy Evans." This shrub is colorful, displaying green foliage, reddish-orange buds, and creamy flowers. Like the "Katsura," the "Nancy Evans" should be grown in an ericaceous compost that is lime-free and semi-shaded. Leucothoe "Lovita" can grow well in a similar manner, but its emerald color is more intense if it is exposed to more light, as well as its scarlet red winter color.
Euonymus japonicus "Microphyllus Pulchellus" has green leaves with traces of gold, and it has the benefit of being very easy to grow. It can tolerate droughts and can thrive in sun, shade or the salty air of a coastal area.
Camellia japonica "Jury's Yellow" offers colorful flowers for any container, featuring green foliage and creamy flowers. "Jury's Yellow" grows well in lime-free compost. Buxus sempervirens "Elegantissima" tolerates both shade and dry soil, and it is more resistant to discoloration when starved.
Photinia "Little Red Robin" is a small, colorful version of a larger shrub and grows only 3 feet tall. It has darker green leaves. When snipped, its new growth comes in as a deep red color that it retains throughout winter.Learn more about Trees & Bushes