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Question: What are some plants that are typcally used for outdoor landscaping in zone 6 that can be grown as container plants indoors? I have a large area inside at a retirement community that simulates an outdoor

Answer: The following plants will adapt to growing in containers. Their success will depend upon the amount of light you can provide (the more the better!)

ROZANNIE JAPANESE AUCUBA (Aucuba japonica 'Rozannie'); LITTLE HEATH PIERIS (Pieris japonica 'Little Heath'), A neat, compact shrub with a yellowish-green variegation on the margins of the gray-green leaves; new leaves are pink, adding to the colorful array. Small, bell-shaped white flowers add to the spring display. An excellent low hedge or container plant. Evergreen shrub. Partial sun. Slow grower to 3 to 4 feet tall and wide; CHIRIMEN MARLBERRY (Ardisia japonica 'Chirimen'), Excellent groundcover for partial shade, around water gardens, in containers and hanging baskets. Moderately fast-growing for a quick cover. Attractive red berries in late summer lasting into winter. Evergreen. Partial sun. Clump-forming to 6 to 8 inches tall, 2 to 3 feet wide; HARBOUR DWARF HEAVENLY BAMBOO (Nandina domestica 'Harbour Dwarf'), Attractive compact evergreen shrub displays brilliant bronzy-red foliage in fall and winter. Effective as ground cover, specimen plant or border. Soft dainty foliage has pink to bronze tint in spring. Full to partial sun. Slow grower to 18 inches tall, 2?-foot wide clumps; PRELUDE PIERIS (Pieris japonica 'Prelude' (P. taiwanensis 'Prelude'), A useful dwarf selection that flowers later than other varieties. Lovely clusters of pure white flowers on short stalks shine against rich green leaves on a densely branched globe-shaped form. Evergreen. Partial sun. Slow-growing to 2 1/2 feet tall and wide; HEAVENLY BAMBOO
(Nandina domestica), Lacy green leaves on upright cane-like stems turn brilliant red in autumn. Creamy flowers are followed by clusters of red berries. Use in groupings or as a screen. Good for narrow spaces. Evergreen. Full to partial sun. Moderate grower to 6 to 8 feet tall, 3 feet wide; VALLEY VALENTINE PIERIS (Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'), Beautiful, deep red buds and pendant flowers highlight the cool season. Attractive, bronzy tint to new growth. Compact mounding habit is excellent as a foundation planting or in groups. Partial sun. Slow grower to 5 to 7 feet tall and wide.

For additional ideas you can browse the Monrovia catalog online by doing an advanced search for zone 6, container plants for shade. (

Best wishes with your project!

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