container trees/shrubs

dancerdeb(23)August 14, 2013


Would love suggestions for trees/bushy shrubs for 2 large (22 inch) terra cotta pots which we'll use to camouflage a recycling bin at the top of the driveway. Sunny location.
Would like to water no more than twice a week.
Coastal Los Angeles.


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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

I'm having good luck using Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis), shrubby Strawberry tree (Arbutus 'Marina', although the compacta might stay pot-sized longer), Agonis 'After Dark' and New Zealand Flax (I have used Phormium 'Maori Chief' and ''Guardsman').

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 7:24PM
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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

It it for a large dumpster-type bin, or a regular curb-side type of rolling trash bin? A 22" pot is not going to support a huge plant without more waterings as it gets pot-bound. You may replace them as needed, or step them up. But if you need them to get tall enough to hide a 5'-6' tall dumpster, you should start with larger pots.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 7:31PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Texas privets. They stay green all year and won't give you any trouble. You can carve them into any shape you like, and they are cheap and easy to find. You can also try Iceberg roses, but they will call attention to the area when they are in bloom, so that may be undesireable.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 1:32AM
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Thanks much. Will check them out, and will have some latitude because these are the curbside trash and recycling bins.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 5:55PM
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