Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Planting Garden Pots

I spent yesterday morning planting all of my garden pots.  I think the temp actually reached the high 70's. It was the kind of day we wait all winter for. While playing in the dirt, I started thinking about planting and how you might fill your outdoor pots. Do you fill them with greens and grasses? Do you like lots of color?
Do you use specific color?  Mine are much the same from year to year. I usually use Geraniums, Petunias, Trailing Verbena, Potato Vine, and many other trailing things. Usually pinks, purples and a pop of yellow. I stuff them really full and by mid summer they are just beautiful.

The Lowe's Creative ideas Magazine has a segment in the latest issue called  "1 Container three ways". I loved these!! Thought I would share them with you.

One Container, Three Ways

Lush container gardens are easy to create with this simple plant formula: A thriller plant + a filler plant + a spiller plant = a killer container garden.

Container Gardens
Gorgeous, lush container gardens are easy to create when you follow this simple planting guide: Start with 18-1/2-inch Standard Terra-cotta Pot, fill with a moisture-control container potting mix (I like Miracle Grow) and plant it up with a tall, dramatic thriller plant + hardworking fillerplant + trailing spiller plant for a killer container flower garden.
Lush container flower gardens create instant impact on a patio, porch or deck. Try one of these three planting schemes for a sure-fire container garden.

Shade Lover's Container

This bright container adds color and texture to shady yards and patios.
For one 18-1/2-inch pot:
Thriller: 2 large-leaved coleus plants (Coleus x hybridus 'Kong' series)
Filler: 4 begonias in assorted colors (Begonia 'Super Olympia' mixed)
Spiller: 5 licorice plants (Helichrysum)

Not-So-Mellow Yellow Container

Choose this design for a cheery container garden that is sure to turn heads.
For one 18-1/2-inch pot you'll need:
Thriller: 1 foxglove (Digitalis purpurea 'Camelot Cream')
Filler: 3 marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens 'Madeira Primrose')
Spiller: 4 yellow calibrachoa (Calibrachoa Superbells 'Yellow Chiffon')

All-White Moon Container Garden

This monochromatic container garden adds a stunning glow to your garden at night.
For one 18-1/2-inch pot you'll need:
Thriller: 1 white pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)
Filler: 3 white petunias (Petunia Supertunia 'Mini White')
Spiller: 4 white bacopas (Sutera cordata Snowstorm 'Giant Snowflake')


  1. Debbie..
    love the recipes!!
    am so ready to get my hands "dirty"

  2. Oh how beautiful! Thanks for sharing these tips! I like all colors but always have some yellow, looks like sunshine:) HUGS

  3. Verbena is one of my favorite easy to care for! Those pretty pots make me want to get out in this 90 degree weather and do some serious planting! Have a good one, Debbie!

  4. I'm glad you got most of the hard work had perfect temps! Love all of your tips and the ones from Lowe's. They're very helpful. Enjoy your flowers!