Outdoor Year Round Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Richmond, Vi
Question by jbarnhardt23
March 1, 2011
I am looking for an outdoor plant for my patio. I have researched plants that would be able to survive throughout the winter while still providing plush green in the summer and have found little luck. I have a 24' pot to plant and would like the height to exceed to above 4 feet is possible. I cannot bring the plants inside. Our winters range from 20-35 degrees. We live in VA. Thank you!

Answer from NGA
March 1, 2011


There are only a few plants that will overwinter in containers in Virginia, so your choices are limited. Needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) remains under 4' for many years. A dwarf hardy banana (Musa basjoo) will die down to soil level in the winter but will be lush and green in the summer. Or, you may want to try growing a yew (Taxus). Some good choices include Taxus x media 'Kelseyi' which grows 4 to 6 ft; Taxus x media 'Brownii' 4 to 6 ft or Taxus x media 'Halloran' 3 to 5 ft. Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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