Exuberant Container Plantings
We’ve all heard that containers should be filled with a “thriller, spiller, and filler”. But what colors do you choose? What happens when your container doesn’t allow for all three of these design elements? Or when your container is as large as some people’s garden? How do you decide which plants to use?
During a recent pre-tour of gardens on Garden Walk Buffalo, containers of all kinds were on full display. Everything from enthusiastic celebrations of vivid colors and unusual shapes, to simple, subdued collections of similar plants and colors. Window boxes, hanging baskets, and urns were found in nearly every garden. But more unusual containers could also be found, from old washtubs to Woolly Pockets to fungal growths. With a little imagination, there’s no limit to what can be used as a container!
The gardener at the house below had a real touch for the unusual. The driveway was filled with containers overflowing with plants of every kind – the containers were so closely packed that it looked like they were planted in the ground. But the most unusual part of the garden were the ‘containers’ on the fence…
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when planting containers is to plant too far apart. Most container plants are annuals so plant them close and fertilize regularly so that they grow quickly into lush, colorful plants that make an impact in the landscape. For more tips on growing gorgeous containers, click here.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the container and plants should go with the style and color of the house. An uber-modern container in front of a Victorian house would probably look a little strange.