Tips and Tricks for Showstopper Planters

Spring is here and it is the perfect time to start thinking about planting your pots outside.  Whether for added curb appeal or a quiet retreat to your patio or deck, I have you covered with all the tips you’ll need.  Gone are the days of simpling picking out a few red Geraniums or pink Begonias.  The pressure is on to have your planters on point!  So in prep for getting my hands dirty this weekend (literally) I have done a little research on just what to do.  I always show up to the garden stores wandering isles, picking pretty plants and flowers, not knowing exactly what I was doing and hoping for the best.  Instead of holding my breath and praying it all turns out, I have made lists and armed myself with the knowledge to knock this project out of the park.  Check out all I have dug up so that you too can have sensational planters this season.

 

 

    1. Instead of filling your large planter with soil try filling your pot with some recyclable items first. This will help with cost as less soil is needed.  Making sure there is a hole in the bottom of the pot, along with using a “filler” (recyclable item) 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up, will ensure the weight of the soil doesn’t compress and compact, affecting drainage and root growth.  Other items to use besides your plastic containers would be soda cans or really just about anything you can recycle.

    Here is the secret recipe: a planter should have three things. A thriller, a filler, and a spiller. In this picture you have a Golden Sword Yucca as your thriller, typically thrillers are vertical. Your Filler would be the pink Geranium and purple Petunias as they are a weaving plant that can “fill” in. The spiller in this picture is the Creeping Jenny as it flows off the edge and down the side “spilling” over. When making your list, take into account the overall growth structure when they are full grown.  Combine plants that need the same amount of moisture and sun otherwise they can’t live together in harmony. Make sure to include enough texture and color into your overall design.

Here is a list of Thrillers, Spillers, and Fillers.

THRILLERS

    • Agave
    • Angelonia
    • Bamboo
    • Banana
    • Canna
    • Corydalis
    • Dahlia (upright varieties)
    • Dracena
    • Elephant ear (taro)
    • Fuchsia (upright varieties)
    • Grasses
    • Hibiscus
    • Millet
    • Papyrus
    • Phormium (New Zealand flax)

FILLERS

    • Argyranthemum (Marguerite daisy)
    • Begonia
    • Caladium
    • Coleus
    • Diascia (twinspur)
    • Euphorbia (especially Diamond Frost)
    • Impatiens
    • Nasturtium (mounding types)
    • Nemesia
    • Osteospermum (African daisy osteospermum)
    • Pelargonium (geranium)
    • Petunia
    • Salvia (small-flowered types)
    • Verbena

 

SPILLERS

    • Callibrachoa
    • Dichondra
    • Helichrysum (licorice plant)
    • Ipomoea (sweet potato vine)
    • Lobelia
    • Torenia (wishbone flower)

 

Here is a bit of inspiration along with what is used.  I always like a little visual stimulation to get a project going.

This arrangement with a neutral tone and texture brings out its natural beauty. Boasting String of Pearls with all its drama through its unique shape all the while purple Calibrachoa and blue Ageratum add just the right dose of brightness to add depth to this subtle arrangement.
Loving this evergreen arrangement. Living in the North West you can’t get away from an authentic evergreen. Having that as a base choose something like a cast-iron plant, and then add in some Caladiums, some Impatiens, and even a creeping Fig.
Succulents are both heat and drought tolerant, so they’ll look great all summer long. There are many ways to plant succulent containers, particularly since they are so resilient. They also share a desert color palette with succulents, making the two appear as if they were always intended to go together. Making sure to water carefully and selectively.
We will all be planting window boxes everywhere you can once you see how beautiful and simple this arrangement is. ‘Aaron’ Caladium, Holly Fern, ‘Key Lime Pie’ Heuchera, ‘White Nancy’ Lamium, Ivy, and light pink Periwinkle come together in this eye-catching window box. This arrangement adds depth and color and lives in harmony where shade permits.

There you have it, enough information that you can head to the garden store isles with a list and idea of what you are doing.  I am excited to start this project as planting pots is one of my favorites!  Happy planting!!

Please share any of your spring plantings with me as I am always eager to learn and see more tips and tricks for my yard.

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