Year round enjoyment will be there once you choose a potted tree or shrub that is evergreen or has attractive bark, even if its leaves are gone. They are amazing options for containers if you will need a large plant for some spot. Perhaps a Christmas Tree?
Basically the only limitation on the size of tree which you could plant will be your ability to lift the container. There are special planter lifts available, but maybe a group of many smaller trees and shrubs is more practical. If in a windy location, the top-heavy trees can be quite easily blown over and ruined. With huge containers, make certain you set the container on the movable base before filling it with soil and the plant. The wheels are great and come in handy when transferring the plant round as the seasons change or to protect it from winter chills away from ferocious wind or barbarous sunshine.
In many places, one large tree in a container is all you want to put in a spectacular focal point to your patio, deck or courtyard. They’re an investment, so ensure that you know exactly what you want when you see garden store or nursery.
The Correct Plant
If your backyard or balcony is overlooked by a nearby window at a certain height, you’ll have to pick an evergreen for year-round solitude. Then, if your space is limited, you could think about a large tree on a long truck, so all of the foliage can spread out like a canopy above a seating area, with the added bonus of giving you shade while affording privacy.
When confronted with a blank wall or fence, you may wish to cover it or camouflage it with nicely spaced trees or shrubs. The effect of equally spaced containers along the fence or wall provides a finished look with no feeling of being closed in. Some of the plants to be considered could be conifers like Chamaecyparis, Juniperus and the Picea species, the Eucalipto gunnii and the boxwood (Buxus). All are acceptable for garden containers and planters. Small or dwarf varieties are excellent, they are easily managed and are usually slower growing.
All the containers could be surrounded by colorful annuals throughout the season in order to add colour and variety to the potted tree.
If you’re choosing to plant shrubs on your containers, make sure you check that there are drainage holes in the bottom and place broken crockery or pieces of polystyrene on the floor to improve drainage, not block the holes. Fill the pot with new loam-based potting mix (no peat please) and fill to where you could stand up the plant in the container onto the ground with a two inch gap into the rim of the kettle.
Place the shrub in its container (the one that you brought home from the nursery) at the middle of the pot and begin filling around it, making sure the soil is firmly packed. You wish to make a hole for the plant to slide into, in precisely the right place and at the appropriate depth. If it is not center, redo another time. Gently remove the tree in its container from the pot leaving the hole intact. Make certain the plant is well watered at this time. Then carefully remove the tree out of its container and tease the roots at the edge of the origin so that they grow out. Gently lower the tree to the hole made, add more soil if needed. Make sure you water well to remove any air pockets. Secret: put a piece of crockery in the corner of the container and pour water on it you will have an even flow of water, not expose the roots.
Scatter gravel or small river stone in the thin layer around the tree. This is a lovely decorative touch and functions to keep the plant moist without excessive evaporation.