Perfect planters every time

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver


With urban patios on the petite side, it’s no wonder container gardening is such a huge trend.

“You don’t have to have a big property,” said Loblaw’s vice president of lawn and garden, Peter Cantley. “You can still have mixed planters to give you that colour, even if you’ve got just a simple balcony or patio.

“And thrillers, spillers and fillers are an easy way to remember how to create a really memorable planter.”


“The thriller is really the plant that is the main attraction in a planter,” said the garden guru. “So something that’s tall, usually planted in the centre of the planter, grows up and provides some real interest.”

To try: Colocasia or the Canna (both add drama!).


“Fillers are those plants that you would put into that middle area where you know you can fill out the centre of the planter and round it out and make it look nice and full,” said Cantley.

Popular choice: Calibrachoa (prolific bloomers).


“Spillers are those that hang down over the side of the pot and kind of really bring the look all together.”

The expert recommends: Lysimachia (a true spiller), Ipomea (spills and fills!)

How to start: perfect planters

Directions: Start in the centre with a nice big, tall plant (thriller) and then work your way around the outside, putting in about three fillers in a triangle shape. Then fill in the other space with the spillers. “Over the course of the next few weeks that planter will just really jell together and grow bigger and fuller and it’ll be really something to brag about,” Cantley said.


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