The Best Potted Evergreens

Container gardening allows you to easily change the look of a patio, deck, poolside or landscape. Evergreens planted in containers provide portable gardens with lush green foliage year round. There are several types of evergreens that grow well in pots.


Camellia japonica, commonly known as the camellia, is an evergreen shrub from the tea family. Flowers are 5 inches wide, and leaves are deep green and shiny. The plant grows slow, but reaches up to 20 feet tall. Colors are dependent on the cultivar, but appear from winter to spring. Plant a camellia in acidic soil in partial shade and keep the soil moist.

Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia reginae, known as the bird of paradise, is an evergreen perennial from the bird of paradise family. Leaves are 8 inches long with clumps that are 3 feet high. The flower is orange and blue and looks like the head of a bird. Plant a bird of paradise in rich, acidid soil in bright sun. In winter, reduce the watering. Propagate via seed and clump division.

Asparagus Fern

Protasparagus densiflorus, known as the asparagus fern, is an evergreen perennial that grows fast and is easy to maintain. It is drought resistant. The plant has feathery stems 2 to 6 feet long with small white flowers and red berries. It can get 2 to 3 feet tall. Plant an asparagus fern in partial shade with regular watering. Propagate via seed or root mass division.

Garden Mum

Chrysanthemum hybrids, known as garden mums, are easy-to-grow evergreen perennials. They grow very quickly. Leaves are dark green and fragrant. Flowers appear in a variety of colors and sizes, and bloom in summer and fall. The plant can reach up to 5 feet tall. Plant a garden mum in slightly acidic soil in a sunny or partially sunny location. Propagate via spring or summer tip cuttings, or by division.

Prickly Pear

Opuntia humifusa, known as the prickly pear, is an evergreen perennial that is drought tolerant. The cactus pads are 2 to 6 inches long with spring and summer yellow flowers that are 3 to 4 inches wide. Reddish-green, 2-to-3 inch long fruits are egg shaped. Plant a prickly pear in any soil and in full sun. Propagate via pad rooting or by seeds.

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.