Which shrub should I choose?

Asked March 3, 2013, 12:49 AM EST

I am looking for a shrub that will fit the following needs:

Must take full summer sun.
Can plant in a container/pot (16 inch, or not much bigger).
Evergreen and perennial, but not poisonous to my curious dog.
Flowers (If possible, flowers for a majority of months/year).
Grow to at least 4' or taller.

After some research, I have narrowed it down to the following:
*Marmalade bush (streposolen jamesonii)--I do not know if this plant will tolerate full Tucson sun, but was wondering if you have any info on it. Seems to be a good choice for hotter climes, but not enough info to know how it would do here.

Others I think would work:
Arizona Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans v angustata)
Orange Bells (Tecoma alata)
Torch Glow Bougainvillea
Blue Hibiscus
Chihuahuan Sage
'Green Cloud' (Leucophyllum frutescens)
Cape Honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis)
Baja Fairy Duster.
I would appreciate any info you can give me to help narrow it down! Thank you

Pima County Arizona

1 Response

Hi,

I doubt a 16 inch pot would be big enough for a 4 foot tall shrub. That said, I think your choice of marmalade bush might not survive the temperature extremes of Tucson. From your list I think the best choices would be the bougainvillea or the fairy duster. Other ones you might consider are Dalea bicolor, lantana, Salvia greggii, bush morning glory, and wine cups (Callirhoe).

Peter