The No-Fail Method For Planting Beautiful Containers

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The No-Fail Method for Planting Beautiful Containers
The No-Fail Method for Planting Beautiful Containers

One of the formulas I use for planting beautiful containers comes from an old version of Fine Gardening Magazine.  They coined the saying ‘thrillers, fillers and spillers’ as a way of describing the types of plants to put together in order to create lush-looking combinations.

Container with Echinacea, Dracaena, Coleus, Dusty Miller, Geraniums and trailing Verbena
Container with Echinacea, Dracaena, Coleus, Dusty Miller, Geraniums and trailing Verbena

The ‘thrillers’ give the container height and can be either foliage or flowers but should make a statement.  They are placed in the center of the pot if it will be viewed from all sides, or at the back of the pot if the back view is blocked.

The ‘fillers’ are medium-sized plants that will fill in the middle of the pot around the thrillers.

Planter with Dusty Miller, Ivy Geraniums and English Ivy.

The ‘spillers’ are those plants that naturally will drape over the sides of the container.

Success Tip: Figure out how much sun your container will get before you buy your plants. That way you’ll know what types of plants to look for.

Now that you have the formula, click Next to see the step by step instructions for planting beautiful containers.

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2 Responses

  1. Elaine

    Beautiful and helpful. My planters always seem to be lacking. Now I need an easy way to water them. I am in an apt. With a balcony and dislike carrying the water.

    • Flora

      Happy to be helpful, Elaine. I like to add moisture retaining pellets to the soil when I am potting up or I buy soil with them already added. They help to keep the pots from drying out as fast. I also find that the larger the pot the less often it needs watering. I have a small diameter hose that attaches to an indoor tap that is meant for watering indoor plants that could be used on the balcony. A similar one is at http://amzn.to/2nn7yQM. Hope this helps.

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