I am not a big fan of Nandinas but the thread-leaf Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa' with its deep cut lacy foliage looks like a fern and is also perfect for growing in a pot. Boxwoods are ideal for container culture and there are many choices including the littleleaf types like Buxus microphylla 'Golden Dream' which has bright green leaves edged with a golden border.
Succulents provide bold architecture and many are happy growing in containers. I grow a few agaves but would like to try some more and plan to grow them in pots.
Beyond beauty, gardening in containers makes it easy to adjust the soil according to the needs of the plants you’re growing. And, you can move pots as needed to make sure they receive the proper amount of light. If a plant dies, you can replace it with something else. Gardening in containers gives me an opportunity to try more plants and combinations that I might not otherwise grow.
Little Diamond Japanese Cedar
Botanical name: Cryptomeria japonica 'Little Diamond'
About the plant: This tidy looking evergreen conifer has soft bright green foliage. Selected in Holland it is reported to grow only 2' tall and 3' wide in ten years.
Use in the garden: This dwarf conifer is perfect for pots or planted in a group to mark an entrance. You can also include it in the perennial border to provide evergreen color throughout the year.
Planting and care: Plant 'Little Diamond' in full sun or part shade in a moist, well-drained soil.
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Erica Glasener is a horticulturist and host of "A Gardener's Diary" which airs at 6:30 a.m. Fridays on HGTV. For questions visit Erica Glasener.