Container gardening can be daunting for newbies, but it isn’t difficult once you know the basics. This post will teach you how to create beautiful summer flower pots.
Container gardening can be fun and is a great way to bring color and beauty wherever you go. It can be difficult for beginners to arrange plants in pots and combine good combinations.
Be confident – designing and creating stunning container gardens is much easier than you think!
I will walk you through the process step-by-step and give you many ideas and tips. You’ll end up with the confidence and knowledge you need to start.
Planning your container gardens
Take some time before you head out to buy a container plant. Container garden design is influenced by many factors, including the location, container, desired appearance and feel, color, size, and proportion.
Step 1. Location- Think about where you will place your containers. They will be placed in the shade or full sun. Knowing your area’s sun exposure and conditions is essential before choosing plants.
Step 2. Container Always uses containers with drainage holes. Filling the bottom of your container with rocks or other materials will not prevent it from filling up with water.
Step 3. Look and Feel: How would you like your containers to appear? It is essential to consider the mood that you wish to create within the space.
Are you looking for something that is eye-catching and stands out, or are you after something more subtle and relaxing? Are you designing a container for a particular season or holiday?
Examples of gorgeous container arrangements
Step 5: Proportion- This is an excellent step for beginners. They should match the size of the container with the plant you plan to use.
Putting short plants into large pots is possible, but they often need to be more comfortable. In contrast, tall plants in small containers will appear awkward.
Colors: There is no set rule for this step. It’s all about your taste and the mood that you want to create.
Use a bright-colored pot and add plants in contrasting shades to make your garden pop. If you prefer subtle, choose plants that have muted colors or are similar or the same as the container and each other.
Designing Your Outdoor Pots & Containers
You can make it simple using the popular container gardening design technique: thrillers, fillers, and spillers.
Even though you may have heard of this term, it’s possible you need to learn what it means. Below I’ll break it all down and explain how it works.
The “thriller plant” can be considered your focal point. This is the tallest plant and should grab attention.
The height of your thriller should be at most twice the height of the pot.
This is your star, so choose a big, showy flower. Canna lilies are great examples, such as elephant ears, ornamental Grass, Banana Plants, and Penstemon.
Simple container design with two types of plants
Filler plants are what fill in the middle of the container.
Search for plants with a shorter height than your thriller and a sprawling or expansive growth habit.
Whether you plant your fillers first or your thrillers second does not matter. Make sure your fillers and thrillers are shorter so that the one that stands out can be seen.
Fillers should be about half as tall as my focal plant. Some suitable fillers are geraniums and begonias.
Lovely container gardening design idea
Spillers are plants that trail or vine and will grow long enough to spill over the top. They can even grow long enough to reach the ground.
You only sometimes want your trailing plants to reach the ground.
When choosing spillers, try to imagine the maturity of the plants. Sweet potato vines, asparagus ferns, petunias, and creeping jenny are good spiller plants.
Beautiful container planting using two colors
How to Design a Flower Container
Now that you have a basic understanding of container garden design, let’s discuss arranging potted plants. How you decide to put them depends on the position of the container.
There are two options.
Container seen from all angles – If your receptacle is visible from all directions, your thriller plant is best placed in the middle, and your fillers and spillers should surround it.
Fillers and spillers can cover the pot’s sides and front if the back is not visible.
How many plants per container?
The size of the container and the plant will determine the number of plants that you need to use. A bigger pot will require more plants than a smaller pot.
You should use at least two of each of the other types of plants and at least one of every type (thrillers, fillers, and spillers) in your containers.
In large pots, as a rule of thumb, I use 1-2 thrillers, 3-4 fillers, and 2-4 spillers. You should stick to one thriller plant, two or three fillers, and 1-2 spillers in smaller banks.
As you gain more experience, you can create many great combinations. This doesn’t need to be frightening or overwhelming. You’ll be fine if you use “thrillers,” “fillers,” and “spillers.”