Imagine yourself as a painter, but your palette is brimming with vibrant flowers, lush foliage, and unique plant varieties, ready to bring a container garden masterpiece to life. At Cole Gardens, we believe container gardening is a fun, easy, and accessible way to bring your outdoor or indoor spaces to life, and we’re excited to help you get started on your creative journey.
A key to successful container garden design is understanding the roles of ‘thrillers’, ‘spillers’, and ‘fillers’. These fun terms represent the different plant types that make up your container arrangement, ensuring visual balance and interest.
‘Thrillers’ are the show-stopping stars of your container. They are typically tall and eye-catching, providing a strong vertical element. These can be vibrant flowering plants like dahlias or snapdragons, or they could be plants with stunning foliage like ornamental grasses or ferns.
‘Spillers’ are your trailing plants, tumbling gracefully over the edges of the container, adding depth and softening the arrangement’s lines. They could be flowering varieties like sweet potato vine or non-flowering ones like English ivy.
‘Fillers’, as the name suggests, fill in the gaps between the ‘thrillers’ and ‘spillers’. They can add a burst of color, provide contrasting textures, and round out the arrangement. Marigolds, petunias, and geraniums make excellent ‘fillers’, as do herbs like basil or parsley.
When choosing plants, consider not just the flowers but also the texture and color of the foliage. This adds another level of depth to your container garden and ensures it remains visually interesting even outside of blooming seasons. Tropical plants, for instance, can be a fantastic addition to your container garden, adding an exotic touch with their varied leaf textures and striking flowers.
At Cole Gardens, we’re here to guide you through this process and help you unlock your container gardening potential. We offer a wide range of flowering plants, hanging baskets, and preplanted containers to inspire your creativity, and our helpful staff is always ready to share their expertise. With a little knowledge and a playful approach, everyone can create a container garden to be proud of. So, let’s get started and have some fun creating beautiful, blooming masterpieces together!