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5 Shrubs for Fall-into-Winter Containers

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Now, in fall, is the ideal time to start thinking about what will fill all your (now likely empty) containers this winter.

Here are five shrubs from our friends at Monrovia that will help keep the show going straight into spring. In spring either leave potted for year-round interest or plant in the ground.

Tip: Be sure to keep watering containers right up to the first frost. With newly planted specimens, if possible place planted containers in a sheltered location where they can be protected from high winds or heavy snow loads. Finally, try to remember to rotate containers at least once a month so they get sun on all sides.

FloralBerry™ Pinot St. John’s Wort

FloralBerry™ Pinot St. John’s Wort Though it loses its leaves in winter, this compact, container-perfect shrub makes up for it with a bonanza of beautiful pink-hued berries clustered on long stems. This is one to grow for flower arrangements. Partial to full sun.

Green Mountain Boxwood

Green Mountain Boxwood Slow-growing shrub that retains a dark green color throughout the winter. Upright, naturally cone-shaped habit makes it an excellent candidate for topiary forms, and is striking in a container. Partial to full sun.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Dwarf Alberta Spruce A perfect cone-shaped dwarf conifer with needles that are soft to the touch. Excellent as a miniature Christmas tree in natural form, or as an artistically pruned topiary. So easy care and fuss free. Perfect for a large container. Partial to full sun.

Berri-Magic® Kids’ Holly Combination

Berri-Magic® Kids’ Holly Combination Glossy foliage and bright red berries all through winter because a male pollenizer is planted in the same container as the fruiting female. Great for holiday decorating and birds love the berries! Partial to full sun.

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick You’ll love the fall foliage, but you’ll grow it for the showy greenish yellow catkins and gnarled, twisty bare branches that brighten the winter scene. Adapts well to a large container. Own root so won’t produce suckers. Full sun.

For more fall gardening recommendations visit or give us a call at 502-454-3553 today!

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