Question: Council for the planter
Hi, I have a 6 meter flower box where the sun only illuminates in the morning. I wanted advice on a plant that can withstand even at low temperatures (we live at 900 meters above sea level) and is evergreen given that it is at the entrance and for this it is important to aesthetic aspect. I wish it did not become higher than 50cm.
What could I insert? Thanks for your advice.
Answer: Council for the planter
a very large vase, and the morning sunlight: I would say that in front of your house a good part of the evergreen garden shrubs available in the nursery can be placed; if you then add that nurserymen have been trying for years to develop new varieties of plants, with a compact habit and close to 50cm, you can also consider plants that generally develop a lot, to be bought in dwarf varieties.
If you love acidophilic plants you can also consider heather or gaultherie, small ground cover plants, which will live very well in your large pots. More full-bodied shrubs, always for acid soils, camellias (which perhaps could grow a little too long), azaleas, rhododendrons, pieris, skimmias, leucothoe: flowers of the color you prefer, or variegated or striped foliage.
If you want simply evergreen shrubs, without excessively demanding blooms, look into the nursery if you find dwarf varieties of viburnum, pitosforo, domestic nandina, Photinia.
The cotoneasters are also very beautiful and resistant, there are both dwarf and prostrate varieties, with white flowers in spring, and red berries throughout the winter; also the pyracantha is indicated, but also in this case choose the dwarf varieties, which also have the advantage of being free of thorns, usually found with the names of tribes of Indians, apache type or Comanche.
You can also place boxwood or ilex, which in the nursery are of any size, often pruned like a balloon or in nice and very decorative shapes.
Hypericum is also widely used in pots, there are many species, some are simple evergreen ground cover, others are shrubs with a limited development; they are so resistant that they are often used in street furniture.
Even the prostrate juniper can be suitable, although with time it tends to become quite bulky.
Remember that, whichever plant you choose, it will have some extra needs compared to those usually considered, as you will grow it in pots and therefore it will not be able to enlarge its root system at will, so the waterings and the fertilizations will become much more important and to follow carefully.
At the time of implantation, pay no heed to expenses, and in the nursery be given a specific soil for growing in a rich, well-drained pot, which contains a small amount of a material that improves the mixture of the final substrate, such as sand, perlite or pumice stone.