Looking for a less expected way to greet guests at the front door or surround yourself with color on the back patio? Consider packing pots with a forest’s worth of dwarf evergreens that combine verdant color, interesting shapes, and varied textures. They’ll earn raves well beyond fall. Another bonus: Planted properly, these robust plants go into cruise control, meaning less maintenance for you.
“There is a real ‘aha’ moment that happens when you pot up plants you don’t typically see in containers,” says horticulturist and author Melinda Myers, who has been designing with dwarf conifers for more than 20 years. “These evergreens bring trees and shrubs, some that normally grow taller than your house, down to an approachable, touchable scale.”