Large container plants for drive

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
Hi, I am looking to add a touch of green to our driveway and quite like the look of two large containers either side of front door with lollipop style tree. Any suggestions? I had look at obvious choice in olive tree but our driveway is North facing so not sure if it's still suitable,, obviously I am not expecting any olives but don't want the plant to not grow properly due to lack of sun on North facing drive... Ta

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  • I_have_spokenI_have_spoken
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    Holly, Laurel, Euonymus or Bay may be better bets. Even then, I'd move them to a west facing site during the winter. The exposed stem of 'lollipops' reduces their frost-hardiness IIRC.
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    If you decide on 'lollipops' I'd advise weighing them down well. I tried with lavender on a south facing frontage and got sick of standing them back up due to the prevailing winds blowing them over. I also wrapped them in fleece and stored them out of the wind during the winter but they still died :( (I have grasses now :) )
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    Eenymeeny wrote: »
    If you decide on 'lollipops' I'd advise weighing them down well. I tried with lavender on a south facing frontage and got sick of standing them back up due to the prevailing winds blowing them over. I also wrapped them in fleece and stored them out of the wind during the winter but they still died :( (I have grasses now :) )

    Thank you . I hadn't thought of the weight! being quite a novice what other options are there in terms of shape? I don't want to be too excited and get one of those great looking but very high maintenance spiral etc type look....
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    Holly, Laurel, Euonymus or Bay may be better bets. Even then, I'd move them to a west facing site during the winter. The exposed stem of 'lollipops' reduces their frost-hardiness IIRC.

    Pipe insulation! Over winter, I lag my lolipop bay and olive with 22mm pipe insulation. They are nearly too big... so it's off to PlumbCentre next winter!
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    Consider rosemary. Yes, it also likes the full sun, but it will grow OK in shade, is faster growing, and easy to prune.

    Otherwise, try any of the tall and thin coniferous trees.
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