Any ideas for a big pot?

(9 Posts)
DewDr0p Tue 30-Apr-13 20:03:37

I have a really big pot which I bought specially for my patio - I want to plant it up with one shrub or tree which needs to be fairly tall so as to be seen over the table (table is directly in front of it iyswim?) but not too spreading. It's in front of a south facing fence so it's pretty warm spot. Oh and it can't really be seen from the house so ideally the main season interest would be sometime between May-Sept.

The pot is 50cms diameter and also 50cm deep. Black stone.

It's next to a bamboo and I also already have a magnolia so I think those two options are out. I don't want much do I? grin I'm a bit stuck on this one tbh!

cantspel Tue 30-Apr-13 20:08:40

fig tree?

Rhubarbgarden Tue 30-Apr-13 21:03:43

Olive tree?

DewDr0p Wed 01-May-13 09:34:00

Both really lovely ideas but I think our winters are probably too cold for either fig or olive? Am I right in thinking they aren't fully hardy? It's rural here and winter is pretty chilly and sadly I have nowhere to put it under cover. Otherwise they would be perfect ideas!

Dwarf standard apple tree cordon, or a blueberry.
Figs are hardy once mature, just cover them in fleece for the first few years.
Quince is also hardy

ScumbleGoosie Wed 01-May-13 21:28:53

Fig 'Brown Turkey' hardy and yummy

echt Thu 02-May-13 10:26:47

Where do you live?

In the south I would suggest the bottle tree brachytrion rupestris, that can be kept in a pot very well but don't know how widely available it is in the UK.

We're about to plant one in the garden and keep two in big pots.

BobblyGussets Thu 02-May-13 10:29:24

Bamboo? The pot will stop it spreading, but Black Bamboo, "Phylostacis Nigra" has black stems and is non-invasive, looks good too.

Showtime Sat 04-May-13 15:54:45

I'd be thinking of ornamental grass.

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