You can keep them compact or let them grow tall depending on how much shade you need. Importantly, their foliage is very dense, meaning they provide great shade.
Although flowering dogwood can reach up to 24ft. in height, you can grow smaller varieties in pots. Provided you prune them properly, they can grow dense foliage that offers decent shade.
It’s best planted directly in the ground, where it can reach a maximum height of 15ft. This makes it ideal for creating shade over patios and raised decks, although you’ll need to prune it twice a year to keep it dense.
A low-maintenance climbing plant that works well in pots or directly in the ground. It has fairly dense foliage when established and produces tons of flowers that smell great.
The advantage of using a spartan juniper is that their maximum height is smaller, meaning there’s less of a problem if you forget to trim them for a few years.