Owning Your Outdoors: Designing a Patio Container

Thrillers, fillers and spillers make a perfect planter.

Gardening with containers allows you the opportunity to experiment with color combinations and plant choices.

The easiest way to begin is to combine these categories of plants: Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers.

Thrillers are the focal point of the container. This is the plant that provides architectural structure in the pot. Good examples are ornamental grasses, spikes or cordyline.

Fillers are the plants in the middle that connect the thrillers to the spillers. Fillers are billowy, mounding plants that disguise the base of the thriller. Coleus, Petunias and Marigolds are good examples.

Spillers are the final element to consider in the patio container. They cascade over the edge of the container. Sweet Potato Vine, Million Bells and Verbena.

Color themes for the patio have become a trend. People are decorating their outdoor space like they do the interior. Color themes can be changed year to year. In addition to color, mixing texture of plants is also appealing to the eye. There are many possible combinations. The container should reflect your likes and personality.

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