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Container Gardening with Perennials & Shrubs

Container Gardening with Perennials & Shrubs

When it comes to container gardening,  designers use a technique called THRILLER, FILLERS, AND SPILLERS.  Thrillers serve as a focal point, Fillers are often mound forming plants that compliment the focal point without stealing its luster.  Spillers tumble over the sides of the containers  adding a finishing touch. This method truly makes planning a container garden so much easier!  You'll want to check the light and moisture requirements on the below list before starting!


  • Berberry
  • Buddleia (Pugster) or Blue Chip
  • Buxus
  • Calamagrostis
  • Cornus (Dogwood)
  • Hydrangea
  • Miscanthus
  • Pennisetum
  • Perovskia
  • Rhamnus
  • Roses
  • Thuja Emerald


  • Artemisia Silver Mound or Powis Castle
  • Athyrium
  • Bergenia
  • Carex
  • Coreopsis
  • Dianthus
  • Echinacea
  • Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow
  • Festuca
  • Gaillardia
  • Gaura
  • Hellebore
  • Heuchera
  • Hosta
  • Lavender
  • Rudbeckia


  • Acorus 
  • Delosperma Fire Spinnerr or cooperi
  • Euphorbia myrsinites
  • Galium
  • Geranium Rozanne
  • Isotoma
  • Lysimachia
  • Mazus
  • Nepeta
  • Sagina
  • Sedums.  (Trailing groundcover types)
  • Thyme, Creeping