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Picture of shook29
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Somewhere in my gardening reading, I learned about a nice way to make patio planters. They should have a 'thriller' for height, a 'filler' for substance, and a 'spiller' for trailing. I have two large planters that I'd like to fill with a combination of 3 things (a variegated ornamental grass 'thriller', and a lavender million bells 'spiller'. I don't know what to use for the 'filler' but I'd like something purple. I was thinking purple coleus, but this will be in full sun. Suggestions?



 
Posts: 862 | Location: PA zone 6 | Registered: Mar 12, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I had this list of fillers saved:

Ageratum
Alyssum
Begonia
Celosia
Chrysanthemum
Coleus
Dahlia
Dianthus
Dusty Miller
Euphorbia
Fuchsia
Gazania
Geranium
Gomphrena
Helichrysum
Impatiens
Lantana
Nemesia
New Guineas
Osteospermum
Pentas
Salvia
Torenia
Verbena
Vinca (Flower)
Zinnia
 
Posts: 4582 | Location: Minnesota | Registered: Dec 01, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Your filler is going to be the medium sized plant that will bush out and fill the space between the thriller and the spiller. Depending on your color choices, I'd go with the dusty miller - good contrast with the grass and purple million bells. Another one would be pink begonias. Those New Guineas take sun, although I'm not sure about full sun.

Pentas would be good as would salvia.

Have fun experimenting. I disagree with the alyssum and the ageratum because they trail, so to me they'd be spillers.

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Posts: 3172 | Location: southern middle Tennessee | Registered: May 05, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Good suggestions! The grass is a light green with white variegation, so it is light in color. Are there types of coleus that are for sun?



 
Posts: 862 | Location: PA zone 6 | Registered: Mar 12, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Yes, there are sun coleus...you have to look for them specifically when you shop.


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