On June 2nd, I planted a pair of boxwoods in the pots on our deck and mulched them with pine cones. Ten days later I pulled them out of the planters and put them in the garden to replace the boxwoods that had succumbed over the winter. The boxoods on the deck looked nice but were being shaded out by surrounding trees.
It makes much more sense to fill the pots with Hostas which are better suited to the the light conditions. Hosta Abiqua Drinking Gourd is large scale, heavily cupped and a beautiful dusty blue which will add a bit of color and light to that area of the deck.
Hostas will also be so much easier to plunk into a holding bed for the winter. Cut back the leaves and you just have a root ball to contend with instead of three foot tall boxwoods that need to be hefted out the pots and lugged across the garden to their their winter bed.