Looking for easy ways to add pizazz to your deck or patio? There's nothing better than a container garden to jazz things up. Just follow this classic formula for guaranteed success! First, choose a container as it will set the tone for the space. Container options are limitless, including pots, boxes, baskets, urns, hanging baskets, and window boxes... just get creative. Once you've selected your container, start selecting the real stars of the show, the plants.
- THRILLER. Choose a super showy thriller plant to go center stage. It should be taller than the rest and stand out due to it's color and strong stature.
Shade Thrillers: Ivy Topiaries • Rita's Gold Fern • Majesty Palm • Cordyline
Sun Thrillers: Juniper Topiaries • Hibiscus Standards • Geraniums • Ornamental Grasses
- FILLER. Select flowers that fill in the area directly around your thriller. These will really add sparkle and depth to your planter.
Shade Fillers: Impatiens • Green Leaf Begonias • Ferns
Sun Fillers: Diamond Frost Euphorbia • Marigolds • Petunias • Lantana • Vinca • Bronze Leaf Begonias
- SPILLER. Finally, add blooms or foliage that gently cascades over the edge of your container. Spillers add dimension and a little added drama... extending the container into it's surrounding space.
Shade Spillers: Trailing Coleus • Ivy • Lotus Plant • Asparagus Fern
Sun Spillers: Bacopa • Sweet Potato Vine • Verbena • Trailing Petunias • Million Bells