Monday, November 9, 2009

Evergreens In Containers…

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As I blogged a few weeks ago ….I hit the garden center clearance sales hard this fall.

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And our deck received several of my finds…in evergreens.

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It is just off the kitchen and with the French doors…very visible from several rooms.

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So when things die back, it is sad not to see anything out there in the winter months.

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So this year it will be  nice to see pretty green leaves.

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Maybe I’ll be able to fool myself and think the rest of the garden still looks good too!

Out here I have 5 Inkberry Hollys….and 4 boxwoods in planters on the deck.

Shamrock Hollys are new to me… far I really like them.

Here is a bigger picture and info.


Ilex glabra 'Shamrock' (Inkberry)  •  Zone 5

A standout with bright, glossy, dark evergreen foliage in a compact, upright to rounded form that holds its shape very well. Interesting tiny black fruits are visible in intimate settings, making 'Shamrock' perfect for a lovely, understated mass planting.

Great For: 

Foundation plantings

Perennial and shrub borders

Height: 3-5'   Width: 3-5'    Shape: Ovoid, Upright

Fall Color: Green

Winter Interest: Structure

Best of all….they were gallon sized plants and I bought them for $4.00 each!

I have no idea how they will do with our Indiana winters, but I am prepared to move them into the garage if we get ice storms or hard snows.

So, how do your evergreens do in containers….any tips are appreciated.

Happy Gardening….Brooke