Here's a photo of my porch to give you an idea what it's like:
I have a charcoal grey planter (about 18" diameter at the top) that I will be using right next to the door under the mailbox. As you can see in the photo, the brick is painted a slightly brighter red than natural brick. The front door is white currently, but I will soon be painting it navy.
I'm looking for a compact/dwarf shrub with the following properties:
- Will grow well in a container
- Not more than 1-2 ft. tall or that is OK with regular pruning
- Colors will contrast/complement well the red wall & navy door
- Able to handle low partial shade of the porch
- Either an evergreen or is attractive in winter
- Able to handle Philly winters without being brought inside
<b>Arctic Sun dogwood</b>
<b>Compact Japanese Holly</b>
<b>Golden Peep Forsynthia</b>
Does anybody have any feedback on these or suggestions for alternatives? Any must-do tips for a newbie container gardener? Thanks!