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  • Bonnie Chumney

    Thrillers, fillers and spillers in containers - First and foremost is what I call a “thriller,” a centerpiece plant with star quality, something big, bold, and beautiful. Then I add a few spicy “fillers,” foliage or flowering plants that will complement but not overwhelm the main player. Finally, I add a savory splash of mischief, a “spiller” that just tumbles out of the pot.

  • Jacquie Linney

    eye catching container by marlene

  • Linda Noyes

    Container Gardening Ideas | For a lush container that is sure to dazzle, use three types of plants ...

  • Deana Snow

    Steve Silk - container garden design - Thrillers, Fillers & Spillers...Thriller: Purple fountain grass ( Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’), Filler: ‘Bellingrath Pink’ coleus ( Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Bellingrath Pink’)., Spiller: ‘Margarita’ sweet potato vine ( Ipomoea batatas ‘Margarita’).


    Beautiful garden pot ideas

  • Debra Schweitzer

    thriller, filler, spiller--a beautiful container planting

  • Carolynne Mason

    Fall planter

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