Phantom Hydrangea in a pot

The Hydrangea paniculata is one of the most unique compact flowering trees, and perfect for large pots and small spaces. While we most often see them as a shrub, once pruned into tree form they are spectacular! Paniculatas have large, showy cone-shaped flowers and bloom the entire summer!

The paniculata species can take full to part sun. All grow to about six to ten feet tall and will bloom from July through first frost. Like all hydrangeas, they also make an excellent dried flower and can be used in arrangements indoors.

close up of a Hydrangea Limelight bloomHydrangea Limelight

Hydrangea Phantom

Huge creamy white blooms that will turn light pink and green color in August.

Hydrangea Pinky Winky

Large white cone shaped flowers turning to white/pink later in the season.

Hydrangea Limelight

Beautiful light green flowers look great all summer long.

If your garden has more shade than sun, the following small trees are an excellent choice. Structure, unique shape and foliage make them equally interesting.

burgundy colored Japanese Maple Tree in a yardCrimson Queen Japanese Maple

a Dappled WIllow Tree by a brick wallDappled Willow Tree

Photo credit: Monrovia

Japanese Maple

Dwarf type Japanese Maples will give you some beautiful structure and very attractive foliage. These slow growers are perfect for a large pot to create a point of interest for your patio or deck.

Crimson Queen Maple

Stunning crimson color all summer with a graceful weeping habit. This belongs in a place of honor in your yard.

Dappled Willow Tree

A compact willow tree that leafs out with green foliage that turning vibrant pink and white. One of our personal favorites, it is absolutely stunning when gracing either side of your entryway.

As always make sure all pots have a hole in the bottom for good drainage. We recommend using a porous drywall tape or screen over the hole to ensure it doesn't get clogged. Watering is critical for potted plants so make sure if you go to the coast for a week in the summer your pots still get watered.