by Beth Cook: Mammoth Cave Transplants:
Want to bring your garden right to your doorstep? Container gardening can do just that. There is really no right or wrong way in designing a mixed flower pot, but there is a standard formula that is widely used; thriller, filler, and spiller.
The thriller of course gives your pot some height. This can be placed in the center of the pot and fillers all around, or toward the back of your pot and all of the fillers in front. Fillers do exactly that and fill your pot. These can be all of the same plant or multiple varieties. These are considered the body of your pot. Spillers flow over the edge, down the side of your pot. You can place one in the front center of your pot, or more depending on how many sides you can see. This is your preference. Using this standard method will give your container an overall full and complete appearance.
You can place plants still in the containers and move them around until you find the design that best suites you to get an idea of the look. Then plant them in the container. Another tip when creating a mixed pots is using plants with different textures. Such as placing a plant with bold leaves next to one with delicate fronds.
When selecting your plants, you want to be sure to choose plants that like the same conditions like sun or shade and also the watering and care requirements. Your mixed container will thrive by placing plants that have like requirements. Be sure to look at the tags in each plant to be sure they are compatible.
When placing into your container, plant no deeper than the top of the root ball. Placing too deeply can kill your plant. Be sure your container also has good drainage. Many new containers may not have drainage holes and you will need to make some yourself. When pots do not drain the setting water will cause the roots to rot and kill you all of your hard work! Also, be sure to fertilize at least once a week. Plants potted in containers aren’t able to absorb nutrients like they can when they are planted in the ground.
Keeping your pots watered properly is key to your plants success, especially when it is hot. Containers tend to dry out quickly. It is a good idea to check your moisture levels daily.
Remember, there is no right or wrong design when planted a mixed container, just be sure you love it and don’t be afraid to try something new! If you are unsure if the plants you choose are compatible, be sure to ask us-- We are here to help!