One of the most universally loved garden features is the container garden. Who does not love a container filled with colors and flowers, and overflowing with happiness and exuberance?
I was gathering some ideas of beautiful container garden designs, and just could not stop!
The best part is: we can recreate each of these stunning container garden designs. I am going to share with you a plant list for each one of these gorgeous container plantings!
Get ready for some botanical Latin and let’s decode these magical container garden recipes!
This will be part one of our container garden series, which are plantings for sunny locations. In a few weeks I will share with you some amazing shade gardens.
There is a magic formula in almost all these beautiful container gardens: Thriller + Filler + Spiller.
The ” thriller” is usually a big focal point plant in the center. The “fillers” are secondary plants that make the planting look full and vibrant. The “spillers” are plants that offer added dimension and interest by spilling over the containers.
1 & 2. Sculptural center plants.
The sculptural forms and foliage of the “thriller” plants in these containers offers a structure for all the filling and spilling plants.
Recipe 1: Canna ‘Australia’, Canna ‘Tropicanna Gold’, Infinity Orange New Guinea Impatiens, ‘Hot Shot’ Orange portulaca, Begonia boliviensis, ‘Orange Marmalade’ Crossandra, Sweet Caroline Bronze Sweet Potato Vine.
3 & 4. Have your container garden and eat it too.
Many edible plants have gorgeous and colorful foliage, plus delicious tastes! Here are two great examples of how edibles can be mixed with ornamental plants.
Recipe 3: Red Swiss Chard, Helleborus ‘Sunmarble’, Heuchera, Fern
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5 & 6. A star trailing plant
Talking about spilling over, Dichondra is an easy to grow plant that just spills, and spills, and spills…
Recipe 5: Mexican Feather grass, Orange Gazania, Dichondra repens, Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’
7 & 8. One Color Magic
A stunning container garden does not have to have all the colors of a rainbow. Sometimes variations of one color, such as the yellows or burgundy colors below, can look drop-dead-gorgeous.
Recipe 7: Durango Dahlia, Great Balls of Fire White Ivy Leaf Geranium, Yellow Petunia, Bidens ferulifolia ‘Bidy Gonzales‘