Posted: 22/12/2015 at 22:34
Lee, taxus cope well with low water but will need a reasonable amount. Being near the house creates drier conditions. the gravel mulch will help conserve moisture. Water as you would with any pot plant outside. Every spring I would apply a granular fertiliser too.
I like to trim taxus....in the open ground they grow moderately once established so, for me, an annual trim keeps them extra tight, dense and neat. In pots growth will be much less but in a year or two don't be afraid to trim now and then.
You think your Standishii look good now but come spring and summer the colour intensifies beautifully