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tuffnelljohntuffnelljohn DartmoorPosts: 200
Hi

Im looking for tall evergreen plants that grow well in containers. Last week I bought 2 Camelias which I think will look nice.

Are there any suggestions for other? (yukkas wont suit my garden).

Anything tall, lots of evergreen foliage, fast-growing and grow well in containers. Scented flowers would be a bonus, but I realise Im already asking for a lot!!  :D

Many thanks



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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,344
    Aye - not really asking a lot @tuffnelljohn   :D
    I'm guessing you wouldn't like Phormiums either then.  ;)
    Most shrubs need a fair bit of looking after in containers - Camellias need plenty of water at this time of year to form the buds, so just keep a check on them.
    Some of the Japanese azaleas are fine in containers. Easier than their larger counterparts, but they're not tall. You can certainly use hedging plants and topiarise them, but I'm not sure that's what you really want. You can keep rhodies in containers for a while, but again, many of them need a fair bit of care if you do. 
    Lots of Hebes are good for pots, but they aren't generally 'tall'. Some Daphnes might suit. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • tuffnelljohntuffnelljohn DartmoorPosts: 200
    Ermmm... yesterday during my visit to the local centre I went completely off-script and bought a dwarf plum tree!! I also bought a tall container to plant it in to give it some height. I thought it might be fun to try a fruit tree. 
    (this is my second year of gardening, so its all new to me!  :D )
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,112
    edited August 2021
    A dwarf choisya for containers might work - ternata Sundance or Royal Lace. Scented flowers, generally pretty tough plants, evergreen.

    Myrtle is lovely if the spot is sheltered and doesn't get too frosted. Maybe on Dartmoor the weather is too harsh.

    Parahebe perfoliata- up to a metre tall. Not scented.




  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,344
    Well - it's certainly different from what you intended.  :)
    It'll need a fair bit of attention in a container, and certainly some protection during windy weather to stop it being cowped over.  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • tuffnelljohntuffnelljohn DartmoorPosts: 200
    Fairygirl said:
    Well - it's certainly different from what you intended.  :)
    It'll need a fair bit of attention in a container, and certainly some protection during windy weather to stop it being cowped over.  ;)
    I didnt realise how many different dwarf fruit trees there are! If I dont manage to kill this one off then I will probably buy a few different ones and dot them around the place. Theyre only £15 each.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,344
    I wish you luck with it  @tuffnelljohn :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • tuffnelljohntuffnelljohn DartmoorPosts: 200
    Fairygirl said:
    I wish you luck with it  @tuffnelljohn :)
    Thankyou @Fairygirl . I will post status update photos in due course! :)
  • Ferdinand2000Ferdinand2000 Posts: 530
    edited August 2021
    Vertical cordon greengage.

    That's not evergreen either, but when you get to eat some, you won't care.

    I think the only evergreens I have in containers are bay and box.
    “Rivers know this ... we will get there in the end.”
  • TackTack Central South UKPosts: 895
    I generally have some sort of cone shaped conifer on the go so it can be positioned as a Christmas tree in Dec.
  • enilorac2enilorac2 Suffolk CoastPosts: 65
    I have a bay tree, not topiaryised, in a very large terracotta pot, which has been there for 5/6 years minimum.  It is quite happy and doesn’t need a lot of watering. Very handy for the kitchen
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