Tubs in the side patio

I have a small space at the side of the house which is protected and where one can sit on warm mornings and evenings. I have planted tubs with ferns but would like to plants some small shrubs for height and yet more colour. I have had all of the following before, but they had outgrown the tubs and I need to start again.

As the area is mainly about ferns I wondered if a Fatsia Japonica would be a good idea for a large tub.

Fatsia Japonica (www.crocus.co.uk)

I would love to grow a Ceanothus, but I believe this would not thrive in a tub/container. Instead I could try Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’ which can be pruned and flowers on new wood.

Hydrangea Macrophylla 'Endless Summer' (www.the potted garden.co.uk)

Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’ (www.the potted garden.co.uk)

So many decisions!

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