Last week, I outlined some basic ideas for containers in shady spots. The same principle of “thriller, spiller, and filler” applies for sunny containers too.
Thriller: Plants that add height and a bit of unique appeal.
Dracena (spikes), Ornamental Grass, Canna Lilies, Banana, Gaura, Cleome, Geraniums, Kanga Paw
Filler: Mounding plants that won’t reach the height of your thriller, but will fill in around and in front of the thriller.
Geraniums, Angelonia, Annual Daisies, Alternanthera (red threads), Potunias
Spiller: Adds interest and flows out of the pot. Can be either flowers or foliage.
Lobelia, Bacopa, Wave petunias, Million Bells, Silver Falls/Emerald Falls, Creeping Jenny
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.