I love planning out our containers to plant each year; trying out new combinations of plants, and configurations makes the yard seem new and unique each year. I certainly have some standby’s that I use each year, but trying something new is always fun! If you’re new to gardening or have been planting for years, I think it is always nice to have a fresh perspective to add ideas. I’ve gathered a few ideas here for some shade planters to help inspire you as we wait for spring to arrive, and more importantly, stay!
The general rule for planters is to include a “thriller, spiller and filler”.
Thriller: Plants that add height and a bit of unique appeal.
Dracena, Ornamental Grass, Palms, Gartenmeister Fuschia, Elephant Ears, Coleus
Filler: Mounding plants that won’t reach the height of your thriller, but will fill in around and in front of the thriller.
Begonias, Impatiens, Fuschia, Coleus, Ferns,
Spiller: Adds interest and flows out of the pot. Can be either flowers or foliage.
Ivy/Vinca Vine, Torenia, Nico, Ivy, Creeping Charlie, Silver Falls, Lysmachia
The thriller is usually placed in the middle (if seen from all sides) or towards the back (if front/side views only). Then moving outwards/forwards add the fillers. Then finally along the outside edges add your spillers.
12″ pot= 5 plants
14″ pot= 7 plants
16″ pot= 9 plants
Remember, when you first plant your containers they will look sparse. They will fill in as the plants mature. Try not to over stuff them as it can result in over-crowded and unhealthy plants.