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Hello I would really like a standard shrub by my front door and can't decide between a Lauris Nobilis or a red robin photina. What would be the most hardy as it will be exposed to bright sunlight and elements?



Is this going to be in a pot?

30 Sep, 2012


Yes it will be :0)

30 Sep, 2012


Thanks, these are both very big shrubs? Perhaps the Photinia would have more winter interest. But I think they would become too big for pots and they would not be stable? The Photinia could be kept pruned but then you would lose a lot of its appeal? But lets see what the others think?

30 Sep, 2012


Can you recommend any other standard evergreen I got use instead?

30 Sep, 2012


Standard evergreens in pots? Boxus cones and Bay comes to mind for the ht you require but it does need some protection. Cordylines perhaps?

30 Sep, 2012


Ok thank you :0)

30 Sep, 2012


I've pruned evergreen cotoneaster's into standards with great success.

Here's an example from Googling but the ones i've done were totally spherical but I don't have any photos of them

There are lots of other ideas here

30 Sep, 2012


I have a standard Viburnum tinus which has been in a large pot for several years without any problem. Evergreen with small white flowers, just needs a light prune in late spring when the flowers are finished to keep it tidy. I used John Innes No 3 compost when I potted it and I give it a feed a couple of times a year.

30 Sep, 2012


Thanks everyone I will have a look at these suggestions :0))

30 Sep, 2012


I grew Euonymous 'Emerald and Gold' from a cutting into a standard, took a long time, mind you! But it's the perfect size and never sprouts from low down or outgrows it's space. How about a standard Rosemary, too?

5 Oct, 2012


Went for a standard euonymous in the end ! Thanks for all your help x

9 Oct, 2012

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