Q: Could you please tell me suitable shrubs to grow in pots in the front of my house.  The house faces North West and catches the wind.  I have tried Rhododendrons also Box plants which have not survived.  I would like to try again but need advice before I buy !  Jill.

A: See that the pot is large enough – at least 20 inches with a compost made up from half John Innes No. 3 and half multi-purpose compost which will retain sufficient moisture to help when the site is windy.  Lonicera nitida is often found in shaped bushes which will be hardier than Box.  Alternatively you could use Viburnum tinus which would also be suitable and can be shaped on a regular basis.