Check out 44 Best Shrubs for Containers. You might know some plants and some may surprise you but one thing is sure– You’ll like to have some of these shrubs right away in your container garden.
USDA Zones— 5 – 9
Climate— Lavender grows best in temperate climates. However, you can also grow it in subtropical regions.
Grow lavender in a pot with sufficient drainage. Keep it in full sun. You can read our article on growing lavender here.
USDA Zones— 4 – 9
Climate— Temperate regions with mild summers are best for growing lilacs
If you love fragrance you love lilacs. Growing lilacs in containers are possible with care. Choose more compact and dwarf variety and a deep pot. Also, care about the proper air flow around the shrub. Keep it in a location with full sun where it receives, at least, six hours of sunlight daily.
USDA Zones— 6 – 10
Climate— It is possible to grow magnolia in the warm climate as well as in the temperates.
Fragrant and beautiful magnolia flowers add charm to any place. No matter how small your garden is, you can have it too. Magnolias grow slowly, which means you can have one in pot for a long time. But the best way to grow magnolia in a pot is to buy its dwarf shrub variety, it will not exceed the height above 2-3 m (8-10 f). Here’s a helpful article you can read on growing magnolias in containers
37. Crepe Myrtle
USDA Zones— 7 – 10
Climate— Crepe myrtle is a tropical or subtropical shrub or tree that is native to Australia and Indian subcontinent
Beautiful, vibrant and colorful. Crepe myrtle flowers bloom in abundance. Dwarf, shrub-like varieties are suitable for containers. It is also maintenance free though requires regular pruning when grown in a pot.
USDA Zones— 8 – 10
Climate— Pittosporum requires warm climate to grow, it can tolerate mild freezing temperatures.
Elegant shrub with beautiful foliage and very fragrant flowers. Pittosporum when blooms, fills the air with orange like fresh breeze. Dwarf varieties are suitable for containers, they grow about 1-1.5 m high and other commonly cultivated varieties can reach 3-4 m in height after slow growth.
Also Read: How to Grow Pittosporum
USDA Zones— 3 – 8
Climate— Peonies are extremely cold hardy, frost resistant and grow in the climates with mild summer
Stately and plump peony flowers are very large and often fragrant, single or double petaled. You can read a useful article on growing peonies in pots here.
USDA Zones— 2 – 7
Climate— Cold hardy shrub, tolerates frost.
A Beautiful perennial shrub that grows up to only 1 m tall. It starts to flower from mid to late summer and blooms till late fall.
USDA Zones— 3 – 11
Climate— Roses grow almost everywhere in variety of climates
Planting shrub roses in pots is a good idea. However, roses require care and regular maintenance. You can read our rose care tips for help.
USDA Zones— 6 – 9
Climate— Mild temperate climate
Rosemary is a highly aromatic perennial shrub, a useful culinary herb. Its beautiful blue colored flowers and silvery green foliage also makes it an ornamental plant.
USDA Zones— 4 – 10
Climate— There are 100 of species to choose from. Sedge is a diverse plant and can be grown in both cooler and warmer regions.
Sedge is a fake grass that offers a wide variety of colorful foliage– green, yellow or blue. It is easy to maintain. Grow sedge in a pot on your patio or terrace. Keep it in a sunny position in a temperate climate and in the shade in tropics.
USDA Zones— 4 – 9
Climate— It is a cold hardy shrub but grows diversely in warm climates too.
Dwarf varieties like Spirea Japonica “Nana” are ideal for growing in a container. It requires slightly moist soil to grow.
Also Read: How to Grow Spirea