We are officially into summer; the schools have closed, the weather is pretty nice (not the last 2 days), time to enjoy the outdoors. Out on the porch or patio container gardens can liven up any drab corner by bringing in color and interest.
As difficult as it may seem to get the plant combinations right, you can master container gardening if you follow the 2 golden rules.
- Choose plants with the same water/sunlight requirements
- Group your plants so that you have a thriller (for drama), filler, and spiller
In the pic below the thriller (the tall dark leaf plant) is Dracena ‘baby doll’. The fillers are the Caladiums and Begonias. The spillers or the trailing plants are the Scaevola (purple) and Bidens (yellow). All pics courtesy Houzz.
Whether the flowers are colorful or not, grouping plants sure does pack a punch. Case in point this blue and white planter filled with white Geranium (the thriller), Lobelia (blue) and Bacopa (white).