There are several ways to design amazing container combinations. We like to use a combination of Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers to create a well-rounded mix. Below you can find explanations of each "category" of plants and a chart showing common recipes.
Thrillers are plants that add height, drama and a vertical element to combinations. They can be either flowering or foliage plants. Thrillers are usually placed in the middle or back of the container. Some examples include gaura, ornamental grasses and coleus.
Fillers tend to be more rounded or mounded plants. These plants fill the middle ground of the container. Fillers are placed around the thrillers to make the container look full. Some examples include nemesia, Diamond Frost, and lantana.
Spillers are trailing plants that hang over the edge of the planter. Spillers are the icing on the cake. They are planted close to the edge of the planter. Some examples include trailing verbena, Supertunias, and sweet potato vine.
You can easily create and grow incredibly beautiful arrangements in containers.
First, choose your favorite container. For best results, fill it with new potting soil and make sure there's at least one water drain hole in the bottom.
Next, use our guide or your own inspiration to plan out your arrangement. Make sure you include a mixture of Fillers, Spillers and Thrillers for a well-balanced design.
Now on to the fun part - SHOPPING! Once you know how many plants you'll need to fill your containers, you get to go pick them out. Here you get to experiment with color, shape, wow-factor, etc.
And last, but not least: Planting. We recommend using an all-purpose fertilizer at least once per week. Oh yeah, and water, water, water as needed!
Once your masterpiece is looking its best, take a photograph and post it on our Facebook page for all to enjoy.