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Spillers, Fillers and Thrillers

This common phrase is great to use when creating your own planter combinations! We have compiled some of our favorites in each category, for both full sun and full shade! Keep in mind, there are different varieties of the same plant. So, for example, you will see I have Licorice Vine in both the Spillers and Fillers Categories. This is because there is a trailing variety and an upright variety of the same plant...and so on. Also, this is what we interpret each category to mean:

Spiller: A trailing plant. Whether it blooms or is just a foliage plant, it will hang down over the side of your planter nonetheless.

Filler: A bushy or compact growing plant. Not necessarily the star of the show, but a great splash of color or texture.

Thriller: A bold, beautiful, centerpiece or show stopper. Typically the tallest plant in the arrangement, but not always.



Full Sun - Part Shade:

Spillers:

  • Calibrochoas

  • Trailing Petunias

  • Creeping Charlie

  • Creeping Jenny

  • Licorice Vine

  • Lotus Vine

  • Bacopa

  • Lofos

  • Vinca Vines

  • Dicondra Silver Falls

  • Euphorbia Blue my mind

  • Sweet potato vine

  • Lotus Vine

  • Lobularia

  • Mecardonia

  • Swedish Ivy

  • Scaevola

  • Trailing verbena



Fillers:

  • Diascia

  • Euphorbia - Diamond Frost

  • Swedish Ivy

  • Petunias

  • Licorice Vine

  • Brachyscomb

  • Bidens

  • Cuphea

  • Lantana

  • Nemesia

  • Petcocha

  • Mounding Petunias

  • Sanvitalia Sunbini

  • Upright Verbena


Thrillers:

  • Geraniums

  • Spikes

  • Cordylines

  • Dahlias

  • Salvia

  • Purple Fountain Grass

  • Coleus

  • Cuphea

  • Gerbera Daisy

  • Heliotrope

  • Sun Patients

  • Osteospermum Daisy's (African Daisy's)

  • Tut Grasses:

- Baby Tut - 18-24" tall

- Prince Tut - 18-30" tall

- King Tut - 48-72" tall




Full Shade - Morning Sun


Spillers:

  • Trailing Begonias

  • Browallia

  • Fuschias

  • Sweet potato vine

  • Lotus Vine

  • Creeping Jenny

  • Bonfire Begonia

  • Wire Vine

  • Vinca Vines


Fillers:

  • Begonias

  • Impatiens

  • Ferns

  • Hostas

  • Grasses


Thrillers:

  • Begonias

  • New Guinea Impatiens

  • Dragon Wing Begonias

  • Ferns

  • Hostas

  • Purple Fountain Grass

  • Spikes

  • Cordylines



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