Will evergreen shrubs survive a Calgary winter in planters?
May 28, 2012 8:23 AM Subscribe
Will any coniferous shrubs survive the winter in planters on my deck? I am in Calgary Alberta, zone 3a.
posted by photoexplorer to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
I have decided to use planters with shrubs to make a sort of hedge for privacy on my deck. The deck goes right up to the property line at the fence, which is about 4' higher than the deck. I find the fence a bit too low for privacy, but the fence was built by the neighbors, and is already 6' from the ground, which is pretty much the maximum height allowed. I will be putting the planters right up against the north side of the fence, and will be either buying or building planters as big as possible, at least 2' deep x 2' high. I am hoping that the fence would provide some wind protection in the winter.
Have you had success with growing evergreen shrubs in planters? What species will be hardy enough? Right now walmart has 4 or 5' tall cedars for $20 each, I would probably need about 6 or 8 of them, but would it be worth it? Or should I stick to growing something like ivy and just accept that I will have to wait for spring / summer before I get some greenery in my backyard?