OYO: Get creative with your patio container

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It's time to get your spring patio containers ready! We've talked before about planting thrillers, fillers and spellers, but it doesn't always have to be the same. There are lots of different flowers and plants that you can put in your patio containers.

Don't be afraid to get creative with your patio container.

Our lawn and garden expert, Doug Schroeder from Lewis, says that there are three things that you need to consider before you begin putting your patio containers together.

First, be sure to choose a container that's in proportion and style to your house. Go large. Large containers will make your display of focal point in front of your house.

Secondly, don't cheat on the soil. Get good potting soil.

Finally, be sure to consider the amount of sunlight available. If you have a shady area, do not choose plants that require full sun. Always choose plants that are best suited to the amount of sunlight that is available.

There are three categories of plants that you should put in your patio container. Thrillers, fillers and spillers.

Thrillers are the focal point of your container. It's the centerpiece. The thriller can be planted in the center of the container or, if the pot is going to be up against the wall, you can plant it toward the back.

Fillers are billowing plants that fill in around the thriller. You can plant several of these in your container.

Spillers spill over the edge of your container.

For patio container suggestions and layouts, download the file in the left column.

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