Container Gardening: Anchor Containers with Evergreens

It's time to talk containers and how you can make the focal point of your container gardens a permanent fixture. Annuals are great for container gardens, but filling with durable evergreens is just as enjoyable! Try a combination of both, and change out the annuals seasonally for a new, fresh look!

One large plant such as an evergreen shrub or small tree will give your containers some much needed impact. That’s because this plant will become an anchor that remains in place year round even as you change out smaller, companion plants around it seasonally.

While deciduous plants, such as Japanese maples, no doubt make beautiful focal points, evergreens offer more lasting impact, regardless of the time of year.

When choosing an anchor plant remember not to scrimp on the pot; select the largest container you can find for giving root systems plenty of room to stretch. Also, note that in summer, the confined soil of a container retains much more heat than garden soil does, so the more space the better! We always have a large selection of high quality pottery in every color for the best choices!

Here are a few of our many anchor plants to consider, depending on your area’s sun exposure and container space. We are always here to help guide you to the right plant best for your space!

Hollies: They keep a compact shape, are very durable, and don’t mind being rootbound in a container. The Sky Pencil is great for a narrow, vertical accent, or Dwarf Burford gives more of the classic holly shape, and red berries!


We have been in love with dwarf Japanese Cedar this year – It is much more heat and humidity tolerant that other conifers, and its soft texture goes well with everything!


Yuccas: Succulents have never been more popular and are extremely drought-tolerant (be careful not to combine them with annuals that require daily watering because that might make the soil too moist for the succulents).


Camellia and sasanquas: Their waxy green leaves aren't the only plus: they also flower from late fall until early spring.


Fatsia: This plant, with its large shiny leaves, lends a tropical look to containers, and the more you pinch off its lower leaves, the more it grows.


Grasses: Even if they are not evergreen in your area, the texture in winter can't be beat. Bamboos, especially the black ones, offer a dramatic accent as well.