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Unconventional Plant Selections for Your Container Gardens

March 03, 2010
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At Toledo Botanical Garden, the 2009 displays featured the integration of a wide range of plant material including red acre cabbage (Brassica oleracea ‘Red Acre’), pink pilea (Pilea macrophylla ‘Pink’), persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus), and coral berry (Ardisia crenata). After the success of these non-traditional plant selections, we are expanding our plant palette even more in 2010, with a wide range of plants that can be used in a multitude of ways to bring some excitement to your planters.

Cutleaf Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula “Fine Line®’)

Cutleaf buckthorn is the pinnacle plant for utilizing shrubs in a container. Its narrow shape especially Fine Line® have made it a popular choice for high- end commercial settings. It is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners looking to get a little bit of height in their containers without a massive price tag. The cutleaf buckthorn is easily adapts to a container environment and requires very little attention throughout the year. The delicate unfolding foliage and prominent vase shaped presence lends itself as the perfect backdrop for almost any plant combination. Last year a series of buckthorns were installed in planters at the front entrance of the manor house where they integrated well with tuberous begonias and black sweet potato vines.

  • Temperate Shrub
  • Zone Hardiness 2-7
  • Moderate Soil Moisture
  • Height up to 5’ and width to 30″ but easily maintained with pruning
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