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DIY Flower Pot Design

Cincinnati Parks Greenspace Program Flower Pots

DIY Flower Pot Design

Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers

Planters look best when you combine plants with three different habits:

Salvia

Salvia

  • Thrillers are usually vertical, such as phormium, canna, calla pennisetum or upright fuchsia. For cool season displays use kale, swiss chard, or Juncus.
  • Fillers tend to be horizontal or weaving, such as heliotrope, osteospermum, petunia, coleus or impatiens. For cool season displays use pansies or violas.
  • Spillers are cascading, such as helichrysum, ipomea or callibrachoa.
THRILLERS
  • Canna
  • Elephant ear (taro)
  • Grasses
FILLERS
  • Begonia
  • Euphorbia (especially Diamond Frost)
  • Petunia
SPILLERS
  • Dichondra
  • Helichrysum (licorice plant)
  • Ipomoea (sweet potato vine)

Choosing the Best Plants:

Geranium

Geranium

FOR SUN
  • Geranium
  • Salvia
  • Zinnia
FOR SHADE
  • Impatiens
  • Begonia
  • Coleus (Image Shown to the Right)
PLANTS THAT TOLERATE HOT, DRY SITES
  • Geranium (ivy-leaf and scented-leaf)
  • Lantana
  • Portulaca (moss rose)
    Coleus

    Coleus