Evergreen plants are a wonderful addition to your garden because they help provide color, beauty and functionality year-round. Planting perennials is often a popular choice with this group, especially as the warmest months of the year start to die back. By planting perennials, you’ll be able to keep them alive through all four seasons, which can save you money and stress during the year. There are many species of evergreen perennials that do very well in container gardening. Here are some suggestions on which are best for container gardening and how to plant evergreen perennials in containers.
Red Maple: One of the sweetest evergreen plants in container gardening, the red maple adds a touch of snowy elegance to your garden. While this tree does not grow very tall, it is quite a bit larger than most other container plants, so you can expect it to get in the way a bit. It will take a bit of pruning to keep it from overtaking the area in which it’s planted, but it will survive the minimal amount of attention.
Red Maple can be planted almost anywhere, and it will do well in any kind of container. It does well in full sun, as long as it is not exposed to too much shade as it can easily brown. If you live in areas that are normally exposed to cold temperatures from early fall until early May, zone four or five would be a good choice for this evergreen, as it will rarely ever get lower than 60 degrees in the shade.
Hosta: The small, round-shaped evergreen plant comes in several varieties, but its most common type is the Red-Haired Hosta. This variety is the only one that survives winter-flowering plants in California. It thrives in full sunlight, and because it has tiny red petals that make it appear more like a shrub than a plant, it does well with a lot of care.
White-Plant Poinsettias: These plants come in several different forms, but they are all popular winter-flowering plants. They are great for container gardening because their delicate flowers don’t tend to survive well in heavy frost, making them perfect for potting. They can be grown in almost any soil, from full sun to partial shade, and they do well with a variety of potting soils. This is also a good choice for growing the same species of wildflowers that you could find in the wild, but without the risk of getting sprayed by predators.
Papaver somniferum: This is another perennial that is great for container gardens. Unlike other perennials, however, these plants do well even when the weather turns cold. Some grow to double or even triple flowers, and they bloom in the fall as well as the wintertime. Papaver somniferum is especially attractive during the spring when its dew will likely cause your plants to break down naturally.
Pansy Parasens: Some container plants are perennials that also perform very well even when you aren’t gardening. This family includes pansies, which can be a welcome addition to any pantry. Pansies don’t require much maintenance, and because they do well in full sun, they are great choices for people who live in climates that aren’t always sunny. Because of their non-bronze nature, pansies will also do well with containers that have a bit of clay or sand in the bottom, since they do better in those conditions. Because of their non-bronze color, however, pansies are better used as borders or along other themes for full sun plants.
Ferns: Ferns are a popular plant choice for people who want something that doesn’t need much maintenance, but that will still grow strong year after year. They are very attractive and are ideal for containers. To keep them looking their best, you should prune them regularly. Buy long reining varieties to provide a dense, lush feel to your containers. They won’t grow as fast as many perennials, but they will stay healthy and look wonderful.