If you'd like to try your hand at growing citrus but live in a zone that is just too cold, this Patio Citrus Web site may be just the ticket to success. It covers citrus as a container plant and includes suggested varieties, proper care problem management and propagation. Citrus makes a great container plant and can be moved into a protected spot during cold snaps.
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Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia)
Angel's Trumpet, known also by its proper name Brugmansia, is the perfect choice for a deck, poolside or patio. These South American cousins of our garden tomato and potato are a fairly dependable perennial in zone 8 if mulched well over winter. They reach 4-6 feet in height in one growing season. In late summer to fall long pendulous, trumpet-shaped blooms in shades of apricot, yellow or white steal the landscape show, and offer a nice evening fragrance to an outdoor seating area. Plant angel's trumpet in a morning sun or partial shade location and mulch the roots well to help retain moisture. Fertilize every few weeks to keep them vigorous. They will die to the ground during a cold winter but in a semi-protected location with a thick layer of mulch, they will usually return the following spring. Angel's trumpet also does well in a large container, such as a half whiskey barrel.