There are several ways to design amazing container combinations.  One common concept is to use thrillers, fillers and spillers. This concept utilizes three different types of plants to create well-rounded combinations. Below you can find an explanation of the three categories of plants and a chart showing different ways to arrange them in a variety of containers.

Fillers tend to be more rounded or mounded plants. These plants fill the middle ground of the container. Fillers are placed around the thrillers to make the container look full. Some examples include nemesia, Diamond Frost, and lantana.

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Spillers are trailing plants that hang over the edge of the planter. Spillers are the icing on the cake. They are planted close to the edge of the planter. Some examples include trailing verbena, Supertunias, and sweet potato vine.

Thrillers are plants that add height, drama and a vertical element to combinations. They can be either flowering or foliage plants.  Thrillers are usually placed in the middle or back of the container.  Some examples include gaura, ornamental grasses and coleus.



You can easily create and grow incredibly beautiful arrangements in containers.  First, choose your favorite container. For best results, fill it with new potting soil and make sure there's at least one water drain hole in the bottom. Use our guide to the right or your own inspiration to create your arrangement. 

We recommend using an all-purpose fertilizer at least once per week. Oh yeah, and water, water, water as needed!  Once your masterpiece is looking its best, take a photograph and post it on our Facebook page for all to enjoy. 

Below we've provided a few examples of container recipes that use Proven Winner annuals in the standard thriller, filler, spiller combination.