Garden Tip: Follow thrill, spill, fill combination in containers

Following a proven design recipe known simply as, Òthriller, spiller and filler,Ó and choosing the right plants for the right places will ensure that your container plants thrive.  |  Submitted
Following a proven design recipe known simply as, Òthriller, spiller and filler,Ó and choosing the right plants for the right places will ensure that your container plants thrive. | Submitted

Containers add drama and personality to your patio or porch in any season. They are an excellent way to get started gardening because it’s scalable.

You can start out small and progress to multiple containers. Following a proven design recipe, known simply as “thriller, spiller and filler,” and choosing the right plants for the right places will ensure that your container plants thrive.

Here’s the formula:

Thriller: The tallest element and the focal point of your container. There’s usually only one in each pot — make it a bold choice.

Spiller: Plants cascade over the edge of the pot. They soften the edges of the pot and help to unify the design by use of color or texture.

Filler: Plants are low to medium in height and add lushness and fullness to your containers. The color of the filler might complement the thriller and contrast with its texture.

Tips for successful killer combos:

Choose a container at least 12 inches in diameter.

Follow the design recipe: “thriller, spiller and filler.

Combine plants with similar light and water requirements — don’t mix sun and shade plants or drought tolerant and water-loving plants.

Choose quality potting mix.

Check plants daily for water — watering frequency depends on container size and increases as plants grow.

Feed plants biweekly with liquid plant food.

Remove spent blooms to encourage more to come.

Garden Tip is courtesy of The Growing Place, 630-355-4000.

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