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Plants for Tall Focal Points

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Balancing Height and Width

Balancing Height and Width in a Container Garden

Marie Iannotti
Container gardens can look one dimensional without a tall plant or two to provide some height. Don’t feel restricted to only the spiky Dracena on sale with the annuals at the plant nursery. Here’s a list of tall plants that would be perfectly at home growing in a pot. Your choice of plants is only limited by the size of your pot.

Tall Focal Points or Solo Performers

  • Agave
  • amaranth (Amaranthus)
  • American arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)
  • Bamboo
  • Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
  • Bougainvillea
  • Cabbage tree (Cordyline indivisa)
  • Canna,
  • Colocasia
  • Common boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)
  • Cycad
  • Dracena
  • Dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca)
  • Elephant Ear (Alocasia esculenta)
  • False cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa)
  • Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora)
  • Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum')
  • Fuchsia
  • Hibiscus
  • Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa)
  • New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax)
  • Palm Lily (Cordyline)
  • Princess Flower (Tibouchina urvilleana)
  • Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis)
  • Tufted fescue (Festuca amethystina)
  • Yucca

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