Owning Your Outdoors: Perennials & shrubs for containers

You can use more than blooming annuals in your big flower pots. In today's Owning Your Outdoors, Lewis yard and garden expert Doug Schroeder shows us how perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses can give your containers a larger presence and greater texture.

Use the document attached to this story to find the perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses that are right for your container.

Things to Consider



  • Combined with blooming annuals, perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses can give a container a larger presence and greater texture. These can take the place of the "thriller" in the container.

  • If you have a large pot or planter, choose larger plants.

  • Pick product that will work in the sun you have for that area.

  • Pick items that have similar water needs.

  • Use a good potting soil or add organic material to agood top soil.

  • In some cases you will need to know the ph of the soil. (Hydrangeas)

  • Remember to fertilize. Doug recommends doing it every two weeks.

  • Perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses WILL NOT survive the winter if left outdoors in the pot or planter. If you want to save the plant, either transplant it into the ground before winter or move the pot or planter into the garage. If you're going to transplant into the ground, Doug suggests you do that around September 1st..