Whether you live in an apartment or a house, creating a colorful container garden is an easy way to spruce up your patio, porch, or deck for the summer. The first step is to determine whether you need full sun, part sun, or full shade plants and flowers. Then, choose your container and fill it ¾ of the way with good, nutrient rich potting soil. Pay attention to the drainage needs of your plants when choosing a container. Clay pots with saucers are good choices for plants requiring good drainage. Now comes the fun part, filling your container garden with flowers!
A “thriller, filler, spiller” container garden contains three different types of plants, all arranged in a single container.
- Thrillers add drama and are placed in the very center of your container garden.
- Good thrillers provide both height and color.
- A good height for a thriller is about 24” to 36”.
- In this example, we chose Red Star Cordyline for its leathery, burgundy red leaves.
- Other suggestions for thrillers include Ornamental Grass or Allium.
- Select bright, colorful flowers for fillers.
- Fillers give a full, rounded look to your container garden.
- Fillers are placed around the center of your container, in between the thriller and the spiller.
- A good filler will get to about 10” to 15” and spread outwards to fill in the space.
- In this example, we chose “Crazytunia” Pink Frills Petunias because they boost a bright pink speckled design and are very low maintenance.
- Other suggestions for fillers include Impatiens or Vinca.
- Select trailing plants that will “spill” over the edge of your container.
- Spillers are placed around the outer edge of the container. If the container garden is only going to be viewed from one side, you can gather the spillers in the front.
- Spillers are generally short and only get 8” to 12” tall.
- In this example, we chose the Whirlwind White Scaevola Aemula, or “fan flower”.
- Other suggestions for spillers are Sweet Potato Vine or Cascading Petunias.