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Of course, annuals are far from your only option. Perennials, herbs, and even trees can work well in planters. Slow-growing dwarf conifers and young evergreens of many varieties—including arborvitae, Alberta spruce, even hardy rhododendron—can remain happy and healthy in pots and planters for years. Just keep the plants watered and fertilized during the growing season, protect their limbs from ice damage in winter, and relocate them to roomier containers or garden beds when they outgrow their temporary digs.
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