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Easy Container Combos

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  • May 17, 2017
  • by Tori Clark
  • filler, Flowers, spiller, thriller,
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A greenhouse full of plants can be a welcome sight if you love flowers and have a flair for design or just plain overwhelming when you don’t know where to start.  Flowers are fun and should not be stressful.   With Sargent’s beautiful assortment of plants and amazing colors it is almost impossible to create a combination that won’t look beautiful.  Plus our creative staff is here to help.  Start with the colors you love plus a few tips and you will have a gorgeous container planting you can enjoy all summer.

First, know your light.  Full sun is at least six hours of direct sun and shade plants do best in morning sun.  Plant the right plants in the right space.  Next, some design basics.  For the best containers and beds, keep taller plants to the back or center depending on the shape or position of your garden bed or container.   Let the shorter and trailing or spreading plants fill in the edges and everything else can go in between.  Choose one or more plants from the three types below and you can’t go wrong.

Thriller, the centerpiece or focal point.  These are the tall, upright plants with eye- catching foliage or color planted at the back or center.  Dahlia, coleus, salvia, angelonia and grasses are examples of perfect   “thrillers”.

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Filler, mounded plants that fill out the container.  These plants should provide contrast in texture and/or color.  Great plants in this group include lantana, ostespermum, ‘Diamond Frost’ euphorbia and even Superbells and Supertunias can be used.

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Spiller plants soften the edges of the container or planting by spilling over the edge.    Choices include sweet potato vine, bacopa, million bells, fuchsia, vinca and more.

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Need a new container for your beautiful plants?  Sargent’s has a huge variety of planters from lightweight plastic and fiberglass to colorful glazed pottery.  Now all glazed pottery is on sale – Buy 1, Get the 2nd 50% Off or Buy 2 and Get the 3rd one Free!  Check out pottery and other specials.

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