Italian cypress in pots?
I'm looking for something to go in my pots either side of my front door and came across Italian cypress trees which is the look I'd like as come things like Christmas and Halloween I can just wrap some lights round them and make them look pretty. Would they be ok in pots though? I know they grow massive too so how easy are they to keep in check? Anything else I need to know or any other suggestions for something evergreen but not too bushy please?
Irish yew is naturally columnar and accepts pruning. Picea glauca 'Conica' is a dwarf conifer with a natural cone form so would be easy to keep trimmed. Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' is a naturally columnar form of Japanese holly with small, rounded leaves that would be a good subject.
You could also think laterally and buy two conical obelisks and grow lovely small-leaved variegated ivy through them.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
If they eventually get too big, sell them, they will be worth a fortune...
There are some allegedly smaller clones, e.g. 'Totem'.
You do sometimes see them looking brown and sorry for themselves, I think you'd probably want to avoid drought and poor drainage.