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8350 160th Street West
Lakeville, MN 55044
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Mixed Container Help Guide
Prior to picking your plants or color scheme choose the location for your mixed container. Will it be a hanging basket or a patio pot? Is it a sunny or shady spot? Will you see the container from 3-sides or all sides? These questions will affect the layout and what plants you select.
Dynamic mixed containers have a combination of Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers.
If you are seeing the container from 3-sides; start with your thriller in the back, working forward. If you are seeing the container from all sides; place the thriller in the center and work outward in all directions.
Remember to be careful when mixing aggressive and less aggressive plants together in a single container. Avoid placing them directly next to each other.
Before planting, check that your container has drainage holes in the bottom. Drill 2-3 holes if necessary.
Usually the tallest plant in the container. Thrillers grab your attention and serve as the backbone of the combination.
Thrillers include: angelonia, coffee cups, coleus, cordyline, perilla, dragon wing begonia, persian shield, salvia, spikes, etc.
Tend to be your mid-sized and bushy plants. They are shorter than the thriller, but taller than your spiller. Fillers fill out and give body to the combination.
Fillers include: diamond frost, geranium, new guinea impatiens, pentas, plectranthus, strawflower, sunpatiens, etc.
Are the plants that go over the edge and trail down towards the ground. Spillers offer visual balance and serve as the tail of the planting.