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Whether your container is grand in size or is just a tabletop centrepiece use the thriller filler spiller technique to create stunning plant arrangements. Outdoors or indoor you can combine different plants that work in harmony to create a lush container that’s sure to dazzle wherever it’s placed. This design concept utilises three or more different types of plants to create well rounded and upright arrangements, a simple recipe for eye catching containers.
Thriller: choose plants that are tall, add height and a vertical element to the arrangement. A thriller can be a flowering plant, foliage or an ornamental grass. A thriller is usually a starting point in an arrangement design. Place it centrally if the arrangement will be viewed from all sides or place it towards the back of the container if it will be viewed from only one side. Here we are using an Asparagus Fern as the thriller in this arrangement.
Filler: The purpose of a filler plant is to make the container look fuller, rounded and mounded. A filler should add textural contrast or colour or both to the arrangement. As fillers attract attention due to their fuller appearance, striking texture and colour, the idea is to fill up the space around the thriller while embracing it. You can use more than one filler of different colour or textured leaves to create interesting arrangements. I suggest use a mix of complementing foliage and flowering plants for a wow effect. We are using Coleus, Spider Ivy and Pink Petunia as the fillers in this arrangement.
Spiller: As the name suggests a spiller plant is low lying, creeping, cascading or a trailing plant. You can also chose a variety of low lying plants that add ornamental beauty to your arrangements for smaller container settings like this one. They are placed close to the edge of the container so they start to hang over as they grow. Place them in front of the thriller and filler if the container is to be viewed from the front. However, if the container will be viewed from all sides the spiller needs to be placed on all the sides. A well chosen spiller will help continue the dialogue begun by a thriller and a spiller in an arrangement. Here we are using Mammalaria Senilis Cactus, Sedum Angelina and Echeveria Succulent as spillers.
It is important to select plants that are proportional in height so they blend in a setting. Now depending on whether you’re creating a miniature garden or a normal scale container garden, placing it indoor or outdoor there is huge variety of plants that can be placed together to serve any purpose.
The fillers should usually be between one-third or two-third the size of the thriller. You can add in decorative material like deco stones, deco sand to enhance the appearance of the setting. These portable container gardens make wonderful green gifts and centrepieces that can be placed in any corner of the house or office, inside or outside depending on the combination of plants used suitable for the are of placement.
Note: the combination of plants used in this setting are best suited for placement outdoor, under full shade.