I will be adding containers to my garden this year, as all this digging is becoming hard on my back and I have maples too. Would appreciate hearing from people about what natives have done well in containers.
A second question is, what natives will tolerate being moved out of container and into ground for winter, and what ones will sulk or outright die if moved. (I have a wonderful protected southern veggie patch that I can overwinter things in.)
I am less interested in the cold hardiness issue than in the general fussiness issue. Some natives are picky about soil and their roots, others are easygoing and tough. Lets assume that the containers will get the correct amount of light for the plant.