How to Design Amazing Containers

Custom Containers

Planting your own containers can be a fun and rewarding activity! Well designed and planted containers should thrive until frost – just follow these guidelines for success!

  1. Light Requirements: Will your container be growing in full sun, part sun or full shade? Ensure you only use suitable plants.
  1. Plant Habit: When choosing plants, include a ‘Thriller’, ‘Filler’ and a ‘Spiller’. This combination of an exciting upright plant, a few mounding fillers and a few trailers is a great method to remember. Some plants overlap in their definitions – for example some plants can be mounding trailers that act as both ‘fillers’ and ‘spillers’.
  1. Less is More: Depending on container size, use only 3 or 4 varieties per container, but include a few plants of each. Our 14″ and 16″ round containers consist only of 3 varieties, but 7 plants.
  1. Colours: Consider a colour theme, ie. blue and yellow or my favourite right now – pink and orange – yes it truly does look stunning!! Single colours can look very classy, ie. all white.
  1. Foliage: Have you seen some of the stunning foliage varieties of Coleus or Sweet Potato Vine that we grow? Ensure you use at least 1 foliage plant for every 2 or 3 flowering plants.
  1. Potting Compost: This can make all the difference to the success of your container. Use fresh potting compost each year and choose a grower quality professional product. For containers in full sun, windy locations or those that will get minimum care, use #7 compost which contains water holding gel to help prevent excessive drying. We sell bales of #1 and #7 here.
  1. Fertilizer: Last, but by no means least, please fertilize! We sell 2 types of fertilizer – soluble, that is applied as you water and slow release granular, which can be applied to the surface of the soil and will last the growing season. A combination of the 2 types is ideal.