Rules to follow when buying choices for planters:
1) "Thriller" (generally something with height and colour)
2) "Filler" (fills in gaps and provides interest)
3) "Spiller" (the overflowing growth that softens edges and makes the container blend in with the plants)
4) Contrasting colours
|This square planter is quite tall off the ground - nearly 3.5 feet. So height is key, plus a lot of spiller.
|I find with larger containers, you need more fillers and thrillers to gain interest.
|Not all containers have to have annuals - this one has a mixture of both perennial and annual selections.
|Texture is important too - the grass in the centre give real height and movement in the breeze. Symmetrically placed, the plants really compliment each other.
Symmetrical and asymmetrical ways are easy to accomplish:
|Make sure you give adequate room for growth. Before you design layout - take into consideration if you have all around views or flat sides (up against buildings..etc).
|Using grasses that have soft plumes help add visual interest from far. (Grass: Pennisetum setaceum)
|This asymmetrical design enable the grass not to overtake the rest of the plant material. Depending on the grass, you need to make sure it doesn't smother the others.
|Sometimes in shade, it's difficult to find tall thrillers. Add an obelisque and a climber or trailing plant to achieve height in the centre. Here, I wind Lamiastrum Jade Frost in the centre for height.
|You can get a lot of colour even without flowers. Mix foliage colours for contrast.
|Sometimes, less is more. Sticking to 3 different plants makes a bigger show.