Answer: Since you are working with limited space, choose plants based on basic, efficient design schemes.
Dwarf Alberta white spruce does well in a container. This cone-shaped conifer has dense gray-green needles that are soft to the touch. It's slow growing and will reach a mature height of 6 to 8 feet.
Hibiscus grows to three feet tall and blooms all summer.
Mandevilla is an evergreen vine that winds its way up a trellis. Bring it indoors in the winter.
Caladiums make great focal points with colorful leaves that can grow up to 18 inches long. They are a tender perennial and can be replanted next year if you dig up the bulb-like tubers in fall and store them indoors.
The dracaena spike adds height and texture to groupings. Its long, slender leaves provide a strong contrast to caladiums. Place it in the back of a planter.
Asparagus ferns make a wispy background filler. Dig them up before the first frost and bring indoors for a houseplant.
Silver licorice cascades over the edge of a planter and weaves in and out of plants, making it a nice filler. Place it at the front of a container to soften edges.
Variegated vinca adds color and eye-catching, trailing vines. It grows quickly, so one vine will do in most containers.
Coleus is a delicate plant that grows to two feet or more. Depending on the variety, it has pink, yellow, crimson or red foliage.
Ornamental sweet potato vine sprawls over the edge of a pot and adds a light contrast to plants with darker leaves.
Niermenbergia fills in like a ground cover and produces masses of colorful flowers.
Feather reed grass is an ornamental grass that blooms in early summer. Its graceful, reddish-green flower spikes change throughout the growing season to a creamy white. This grass is a good focal point or background in a garden.
Hope these suggestions work for you!
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