USDA Zones— 5 – 9
Climate— Cool climate with mild summer is perfectly suitable for growing gaura. You can also try to grow it in warm subtropical climate in partial shade.
It is also called “Bee Blossom”, “Wandflower” and “Whirling Butterflies”, whirling butterflies because it attracts butterflies and they hover over it like a cloud and whirl around it. Some of its species are considered as weed. This wild North American shrub can grow up to 1.50 m high, depending on the variety. The best thing about this shrub is its long blooming period, it starts to flower in late spring and blooms until the late fall.
USDA Zones— 9 – 11
Climate— It requires tropical climate but it is possible to grow pomegranates in temperate climates if you plant it in a pot and do care in winter.
Probably the most suitable fruit tree or shrub for the containers. You should give it a try even on a balcony. Read our article on growing pomegranate in a pot.
USDA Zones— 3 – 10
Climate— Can be grown in variety of climates
There are only a few fruits that you can cultivate in the container without any difficulty and gooseberry is one of them. This shrub is fairly easy to grow, it does not require much maintenance. You can even grow it on you balcony garden. It barely reaches a height of 1 m and starts to fruit heavily.
27. Hebe (Veronica)
USDA Zones— 6 – 10
Climate— A versatile shrub, can be grown in cool temperate to subtropical regions with mild summer.
This small prolific shrub grows up to 1 m tall. Growing hebe in a container is easy. It is a great shrub for urban container gardens. Flowering occurs in summer for many species. Some cultivars produce flowers till fall.
USDA Zones— 5 – 11
Climate— Fortunately, hibiscus grows everywhere. There are hardy hibiscus cultivars that grow in colder regions (USDA Zone 5 – 8) and tropical hibiscus varieties (9 – 11).
Hibiscus is the most popular flowering shrub. Growing hibiscus in a pot is not difficult. It has one of the largest flowers that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. It has shallow roots and, hence, it adapts well in pots or containers, therefore, it is also grown as a houseplant.
USDA Zones— 3 – 11
Climate— The most popular flowering plants are those that grow easily everywhere. Hydrangea is one of them, it grows best in warm temperate climates (best in zones 6 – 8), it is also possible to grow hydrangea in the subtropical region.
With clusters of colorful flowers and big, dramatic leaves, hydrangea a is a stunning addition to any container garden. Plant it in a large, beautiful pot and give it regular watering to enjoy beautiful blooms.
USDA Zones— 5 – 9
Climate— Cool climate with mild summer
Growing holly in containers requires care. It is better to choose a dwarf variety for a container garden.
USDA Zones— 10 – 11
Climate— Hot tropical climate, it is possible to grow lantana in cooler zones as an annual.
This perennial evergreen shrub is one of the easiest to grow plants in a tropical climate. It thrives on neglect and blooms tirelessly throughout the year. Lantana flowers have fruity fragrance, they a come in a variety of colors.
32. Laurel Bay Leaf
USDA Zones— 8 – 11
Climate— It requires warm, subtropical conditions to grow.
One of the best shrubs you can grow in containers is bay laurel. It is also possible to grow this herb as a houseplant. Read our complete growing guide for more information.
33. Laurustinus (Viburnum Tinus)
USDA Zones— 7 – 11
Climate— A Mediterranean plant that requires warm weather and mild winters to thrive.
Viburnum grows well in containers. Its compact and bushy foliage makes it a great hedging plant. Its beautiful pinkish-white flowers are mildly fragrant and appear in winter. The blooming period ends in spring.