You know it’s never to late to plant!
And it seems like there’s always some sort of a fun container kicking around and staring you in the face saying “plant me”!
It’s also a great time to purchase a few “filler-inners” that are discounted.
So with that thought in mind, here are a few tips!
It takes a combination of a few things to make a beautiful planter to enjoy throughout the summer months.
Of course you want to start with your location and the right plants that will do their best.
Whether you are East, West, North or South facing, it’s a good idea to see exactly how much sun or shade your planter will be exposed to.
The planter above would definitely be a full sun container.
This planter would do well in a shady area.
So now to the title of the blog, The Pillar, the Thriller and the Spiller. Maybe self explanatory to some but here goes:
The Pillar- the center or tallest plant, for example, a dracena grass, or fountain grass.
The Thriller- The main focus or main attraction to your container. This would be planted around your pillar leaving enough space around the edge for the Spillers. This could be geraniums, begonias, impatiens, & dahlias, something that will get fairly tall, but stay smaller than the pillar.
The Spiller- The cascading color or greenery planted around the edge of your container. This could be wave petunias, bacopa, verbena, potato vine, charlie, and the list goes on.
A few other necessary components are drainage, soil, watering and fertilizing.
Make sure your container will drain. Plants do not like to sit in water. Drill a few holes in the bottom of your container.
Also use potting soil. Of course we strongly recommend Olson’s Potting Soil. And use new potting soil every season.
Watering is very important, but over watering is usually what will kill a plant almost as often as under watering. Use the finger test. If you poke your finger in the dirt and it feels moist you can probably go another day without watering.
Lastly, but so important is fertilizing. Use a fertilizer with a high middle number. For example 10-52-10. Fertilize regularly and you will see a difference in how well your plants produce blooms.
Whether you’re the do-it-yourselfer or you have your containers custom planted (hopefully by us) we hope this will inspire you to spruce up those planters or plant something new.
It’s great therapy!
All planters shown are custom designs of Olson’s Garden Shoppe.