44 Best Shrubs for Containers | Best Container Gardening Plants

34. Lavender


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.

35. Lilacs


USDA Zones— 4 – 9

Climate— Temperate regions with mild summers are best for growing lilacs

If you love fragrance, you will 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 airflow around the shrub. Keep it in a location with full sun where it receives, at least six hours of sunlight daily.

36. Magnolia


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 the pot for a long time. But the best way to grow magnolia in a container 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.

38. Pittosporum


USDA Zones— 8 – 10

Climate— Pittosporum requires a warm climate to grow, it can tolerate mild freezing temperatures.

Beautiful shrub with beautiful foliage and very fragrant flowers. Pittosporum when blooms, fills the air with orange like a 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

39. Peony


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.

40. Potentilla


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.

41. Rose


USDA Zones— 3 – 11

Climate— Roses grow almost everywhere in a 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.

Also Read: 30 Diagrams to Make you Master in Growing Roses

42. Rosemary


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.

43. Sedge

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.

44. Spirea


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

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  1. Do podocarpus grow in planters? I have a wall along my driveway that I’d like some privacy. The plant would need to be in a planter.

  2. I love the Camellia. You say they grow well in mild summers but what about the winters? We have mild summers but the winters can be cold (up to -4). Will the plants need replaced every season or will they survive the winter?

    • You could get away with growing a camellia in a very sheltered spot in the ground in your area but for a container plant, you would have to winter it indoors in a cool but not freezing, well-lit room. Plants in containers are less hardy than plants in the ground because their roots are exposed to sub-freezing temperatures.

  3. I live in Canberra where the temp. can vary up to 43C in Summer down to minus 7C in the Winter. They are thriving under deciduous trees with plenty of Autumn leaves as ground cover. They flower well in season giving Winter colour and appreciating the Winter sunshine. I use when necessary a liquid fertiliser . They have been thriving and gradually turning into a hedge of 8 bushes over the 8 years since I first planted them.

  4. This is so informative, thanks for sharing! I’m looking for some shrubs to decorate my patio with and will definitely be using some of these ideas. I love the andromeda in particular. I think it would grow really well in my climate. What size of planter would you recommend? I’m notorious for not giving my plants enough space!
    Thanks for your help!

  5. I must say I’ve never heard of many of these plants! I live in a small town and in the Northwest. I thought the article was well versed but can’t see buying any soon.

  6. I have a very small garden and not much experience with shrubs ,can you recommend anything I can start of with.


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