Planting shrubs in containers

I want to plant a shrub or dwarf tree in a container, one on each side of my front door. I live in Zone 5. What would be the best choice of plant? Thank you!
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One consideration when growing trees or shrubs in containers is their hardiness. Because the roots are more exposed than plants growing directly in the ground, it's best to select a plant that is hardy to at least two hardiness zones colder than your location. For you that means a Zone 3 hardy plant. Other factors to consider are what exposure will the container be in. Is it shady, sunny, or somewhere in between? Also, because container gardens dry out more quickly than plants in the ground, consider planting a drought tolerant tree or shrub. You'll also need to factor in the size of the container and the ultimate size of the plant. If you have an extremely large pot, you can grow almost anything. But with a small pot you'll need to grow dwarf varieties. You can search for specific plants on our plant encyclopedia database, listing Hardiness Zone, plant size, and shade tolerance, among other characteristics. You'll find it at http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/


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