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What Evergreen shrub would grow well in a large pot?

Hi, I bought this large pot for my garden and would like to put something striking in it. I would like some interest all year round if possible so was thinking an evergreen shrub that flowers. Pot is about 24” high. All suggestions very welcome, thanks

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  • This is the pot
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,552
    How wide and where will you be siting it?  Sun or shade?
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    Something in topiary would look good, either ready done or buy a topiary frame and do your own. If you don't want box there are other plants but no flowers though.


  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,735
    Abelia's are not hardy everywhere, but some varieties (such as Abelia Kaleidoscope) have lovely foliage, and small, white flowers in Spring.  They can be trimmed to shape, or left free form.  Some of the Choisya's too (Aztel Pearl, White Dazzler), would work.

    Avoid Box (Buxus sempervirens), it is prone to several diseases/pests.  If you want something similar, try Euonymus or Pittosporum (although the latter is not hardy everywhere), and the flowers are miniscule. 

    If it's in complete shade, try Sarococca confusa (Winter Box), not to be confused with Buxus.  It has tiny white flowers in late Winter, and the smell is wonderful.
  • The pot will have Sun from early morning till 11 ish then in shade the rest of the day.
  • Pot is as wide as it is tall, ie 24”
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,552
    edited April 2021
    Assuming you want flowers there are several possibilities and colours to consider:-

    Dwarf rhododendron such as Strawberry Cream - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/57917/Rhododendron-Strawberry-Cream/Details
    or https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/72937/Rhododendron-Birthday-Girl/Details 
    Hebe such as https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/189896/Hebe-Lady-Ann-(PBR)-(v)/Details 
    or https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/109189/Hebe-Wiri-Mist/Details 
    Hebe Inspiration and Midnight Sky are other possibilities and I'm sure there are more hebes and rhodos to suit your colour preference.

    All will do well given the correct compost, feeding and watering.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 624
    Given it is pretty shaded, two other suggestions: Pieris or Skimmia
  • Is pier is toxic for cats? 
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