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7 of the best trees for patio pots and small gardens

April 14, 2020

Whether you’re re-landscaping a compact garden or just looking to up your potted plant game on a small patio, these are the best species for your space. 

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If you feel your options are limited with a petite garden, think again. Stylish container gardening is a growing trend, so you don’t need huge lawns or vast borders to bring the height and drama of trees into your space.

Squires Garden Centres has outlined the best small trees that work wonders in plant pots for your garden to help you narrow down your choices for a beautifully compact garden that will thrive with greenery.

Bay tree (Laurus Nobilis)

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Image: Laura bay tree, from £35, Patch Plants 

A evergreen garden classic, this dark green foliage can be neatly clipped into shape to bring some structure and form to your garden.


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This genus of plant can be either evergreen or deciduous, shrub or tree and have plain green or white and green leaves, but all the while offering some brilliant texture.

Japanese maple (Acer Palmatum)

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Image: Squires Garden Centre 

Famed for their beautiful red leaves, Acer trees are slow-growing trees perfect for compact gardens.


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Image: Pixabay

Another slow-growing tree suited to small gardens, magnolia trees blossom pinky-purple flowers in mid to late spring.

Christmas Berry (Photinia ‘Little Red Robin’)

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Image: QVC

Bringing a touch of colour to the garden with its red leaves, Photonia can also have little red berries and white flowers.

Privet (Ligustrum) topiary lollipop

These tall, ball-shaped topiary trees are perfect for catching sunlight in small gardens and look particularly stylish when potted.

Witch hazel (Hamamelis)

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Image: Pixabay 

Worried about a bare, colourless garden in winter? Witch hazel trees actually flower in winter with pretty yellow, red or orange blooms.


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