Friday, April 27, 2012

Sprucing up the yard…part 1


In my last post, I talked about filling a couple of my outdoor pots with new foliage and color. It started with a trip to the Home Depot garden department for all the necessary supplies…

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I already have 2 pots that I purchased years ago…

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As I talked about in the last post seen here…I will be using 3 types of plants in each pot. Commonly referred to as the thriller, filler, and spiller technique.  I like to start with the largest/tallest plant - the “thriller”…

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New Zealand Flax Bronze

I chose an ornamental grass called New Zealand Flax Bronze. I like the height and texture this type of grass adds, with its sharp spiked leaves and mix of green and bronze colors. I positioned it toward the back of the pot in order to leave room for the other plants to be added.

Next, I usually like to add the “spiller” plant…

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Bacopa Gulliver White

One of my favorite “spillers” to use is Bacopa. This low growing plant is perfect to use for hanging baskets, tucked into rock walls, or even as a small scale groundcover. It produces white blossoms spring though fall. I love the way it looks when it grows and cascades over the sides of the pot

Finally, time to add the “filler” or flowers to the pot. I tuck them in between the other two plants…literally filling in the spaces in between…

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Impatiens

Since these two pots will be in the shade part of the day I decided to use Impatiens. They come in a wide variety of colors…these are a mix of orange, red, and white. I chose these colors to accent some new pillows I will be adding to our Adirondack chairs nearby…currently awaiting their own facelift!

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Here it is…tucked into a shady corner of the yard, under my hanging bird feeder. It feels great to have one project done…and crossed off the list!

Next, I will be sprucing up some of my existing yard art…and showing you a few new whimsical pieces, recently added to the yard for fun…

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Stay tuned!



15 comments:

  1. Lovely, and I will remember the "thriller, spiller and filler" thing - love it!
    -Revi

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  2. The pots are beautiful!! I need to update our yard art as well. And, our tiki torches need a new coat of ORB!!

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  3. Hi Laura - love the phrase "thriller, spiller and filler" - definitely will use that when planting my pots this year. Glad I found your blog - via Amanda's Serenity Now Weekend Blog Linky Party! :)

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  4. Pretty! I've also been getting pretty chummy with out local Home Depot plant department:) Can't wait to see where the Buddha winds up.

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  5. Laura...I love it. Keep the tips coming! I need some major help in the planting department! :-) Heidi Rew from PartiesforPennies

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  6. Thriller, spiller, and filler. Now, that's a concept I'll be able to remember next time I plant my containers. Yours turned out great!

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  7. Laura,

    I just saw that this post was featured over at Serenity Now.

    Congrats,
    Laura

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  8. This is beautiful! I would love it if you would share with my readers at my link party.

    http://herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2012/04/fabulous-friday-23.html

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  9. I need all of the help I can get in the planting department. I recently planted my large pot on the front porch, I wish I would have seen this post first. Thanks for the tips Laura, your urn's turned out beautiful. I will have to remember thriller, spiller, filler next time.

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  10. Beautiful....just became your newest follower and subscriber! Come on by my blog for a visit and maybe even subscribe if you like! Have a fantastic day!

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  11. Your planters look incredible! And what a great way to pick out your plants... thriller, spiller and filler! That's genius :-)

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  12. I love the planters and the flowers that you have chosen, can't wait to see what you do next.

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  13. STUNNING POPS OF COLOR!!!All my favs! I just love your arrangement:) Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com Stop over and check out my blooms:))

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  14. These look great! I use this method too and love how they come out!

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  15. Gorgeous planter! I'm all about symmetry so I never thought to push the "thriller" towards the back instead of centering it! I love the way this looks with all the filler and spiller in the spotlight. I think I may just change the way I assemble my next planter (which will include bacopa for the first time - so happy to hear great things about it!)

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