The Q&A Archives: Dramatic Potted Trees for Accent

Question: I am looking to plant something dramatic looking in a large pot that I can then move around in my border. I am looking for a plant/tree with neat architectural form (creeping cedar for example) that can be potted up, moved around in my border in the summer and brought indoors in the winter (Zone 6). Do you have any recommendations?

Answer: Unfortunately most temperate plants would require a chilling period to be healthy and so could not be brought in as houseplants for the winter. Instead, you might wish to consider some of the dramatic tropicals or tender perennials such as ivy topiaries, bay tree, lantana, angel's trumpet, hibiscus, banana, papyrus, taro, jasmine, palm, large cactus, mandevilla, tropical water lilies and small citrus trees. These all make nice "conservatory" plants as well as serving as great garden accents.

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