By planting up pots and containers with deciduous and evergreen shrubs, you’ll create longer lasting displays that provide interest all year round. Andy McIndoe recommends five of the best
1 Pittosporum tenufolium ‘Variegatum’ – dense and bushy with waved, blue-green leaves edged with cream. Good in sun or shade. Evergreen.
2 Camellia ‘Jury’s Yellow’ – Pale outer petals and
gorgeous lemon-yellow central ruff. Use John Innes ericaceous compost. Evergreen.
3 Acer palmatum ‘Shaina’ – compact Japanese maple with narrow-fingered red leaves on dark purple stems. Dense, leafy and compact, and more weather-resistant than other acers. Deciduous.
4 Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Rocket’ – upright stems packed with rounded green shining leaves. Striking and architectural. Ideal for small, modern shady gardens. Evergreen.
5 Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Admiration’ – orange-red leaves in early spring, turning red, edged gold in summer, flame in late autumn. Bright red berries in winter. Deciduous.
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