In order to make the perfect container plant, you first have to pick out the correct plants. You will need a "thriller, a filler, and a spiller." A thriller is very tall and grabs your attention. A filler is medium in height, and fills in around the other plants. A spiller cascades down the side of the container, drawing your attention downward. Make sure not to overcrowd because the plants will grow to fill out the container. Also, using odd numbers of plants works best with aesthetic effects. To actually plant your container, mix your soil with any compost and fertilizer you may have. Also make sure to slightly moisten the soil before putting it in the container. Put some crockery in the bottom of the container to allow for drainage, put soil in to fill about one third of the container, place your plants in, fill in the space with soil, and water well! You now have a gorgeous container plant.
- Melissa Trace, former Master Gardener, was interviewed for this Tip by Cameron Trace