My company is officially in the house.
And the back porch is ready and waiting and looking like it’s going to audition for farmhouses gone wild. I added a few pillows and some sweet tea and created a container garden.
It was easy.
I just followed the formula. If you have ever been around gardeners or worked in a florist shop or a garden center, this post will not be news to you. You’ve probably heard of the basic container garden formula before.
I wish I could tell you I invented it.
But I didn’t.
It’s been around forever and it’s a simple three-step process to creates variety and height and diversity in a container garden.
There are three basic steps: the thrill, the spill and the fill.
1. The thrill
It’s just like it sounds. You start with the rock star. The thrill. A tall showy plant to add height to the center of your garden.
These are Dianthus and they have brilliant fuchsia blooms that draw the eye and set the tone for the whole garden.
You could also use ornamental grasses or tropical plants. Anything unusual or beautiful or striking that says (preferably with a southern accent), “Hey you, over here, look at me, I’m amazing.”
2. The spill
For the spill you want to select a plant that spills over the edge of the container, adding variety and movement to the arrangement.
Here, I used a Sweet Potato vine.
It spills over the edges of the container and the color compliments the fuchsia and smaller leaves of the other plants.
For another option, you could also use vincas or different variety of ivies.
3. The fill
This is exactly what it sounds like. These are your filler plants that help to fill in the gaps between the thrill and the spill.
Here, I’ve chosen Calibrachoa with it’s delicate leaves and tiny purple blossoms.
You could also add in petunias or zinnias or dahlias.
Now you know the secret that gardeners have passed down for decades.
It’s practically fool-proof.
From my back porch to yours.
PS I originally wrote a version of this post with all its container garden wisdom for Homes.com.