How To Plant the Perfect Container Using the Thriller Filler and Spiller Technique 🌾🌸🌿

A huge benefit of a home garden is the opportunity to get creative with your plants and flowers. A great way to explore your creativity is through container gardening. Within these containers, you can put your design skills to the test with the change of seasons, or simply create one look for the entire year. It’s easy to change the plants within the containers, or you can add more plants as the seasons progress. Whatever you decide will surely create an inspiring, easy and fun afternoon for you in your garden. 

At Proven Winners, we like to design our containers using the Thriller, Filler and Spiller technique. This ensures a blend of textures, colors, heights and movement, which is always good to consider when designing any garden space. Read below to explore what makes a Thriller, Filler and Spiller, and how you can use this technique when you go to design your own. 

Ornamental grasses, salvia, or even tomato plants are some examples of a thriller. Below are some varieties you can find right on Proven Winners Direct. 

Graceful Grasses® Prince Tut™ (Cyperus) 

Color Spires® 'Pink Dawn' (Salvia) 

Color Spires® 'Back to the Fuchsia' (Salvia) 

Graceful Grasses® Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum) 

Begonias, Supertunias, Heuchera, and so much more are great options to filler your container with color, texture and vibrancy. Check out what we have available on Proven Winners Direct to get started on your container design. 

Double Up™ Pink (Begonia) 

Supertunia® Honey™ (Petunia) 


Primo® 'Mahogany Monster' Coral Bells (Heuchera) 


To finish off your container, you can add a sutera, supertunia’s, or any vine. 

Snowstorm® Giant Snowflake® Bacopa (Sutera) 

Supertunia® Mini Vista™ Violet Star (Petunia) 

'Sweet Caroline Light Green' Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea) 

Now that you know how to create a beautiful container combination, shop our pre-order plants and see where your creativity takes you! 😊

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