Your Guide to Container Gardening

It’s time to create colorful plantings in your favorite pots or in new containers. Let’s up our game with Thriller, Filler, Spiller  2.0 by adding different textures or placing the plants in a non-traditional way in the container.

A quick review: Thriller is the focal point of the pot, the “wow” factor.  Filler is the plants that compliment the Thriller and fill in the rest of the space.  Spiller is a plant that drapes over the side of the container.

Switch it up and plant your Thriller in the back of the pot leaving room in front for layers of Filler plants ending with the Spiller cascading over the side of the container.  This creates more interest in the pot and accents different plants from different viewing angles.    

Using plants with different textures – flowing grasses, spiky leaves, small or large leaves – turns ho-hum into spectacular.  Use succulents and sedums in low bowls and place them on tables or ground level for an eclectic, clean look.

Keeping it Simple: A list of Thriller, Filler, Spiller plant suggestions for sun or shade containers is located in our Color House for your convenience.  

Below are 2 examples of large container plant-o-grams to get you started.

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Houseplant Care Series: Repotting

Is your plant drying out every few days? Has it stopped growing completely? It may be time for a new container! Check the roots of the plant by GENTLY removing its existing pot.

You can tell if the plant needs repotting if the roots are:

1) crowded,

2) growing together, OR

3) circling the pot.

The new container should be 2-4 inches larger in diameter than the original.

Here’s how you repot:

– Loosen the plant roots carefully but thoroughly.

– Set the plant into the new pot so that the base of the plant (where plant meets soil) is at least one inch below the rim, and then add soil all around it.

– Make sure not to add soil above the base of the plant.

– Water thoroughly.

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Fall Container Ideas

Fall is an excellent time to show off your seasonal favorites like mums, pansies, violas, and flowering kale or cabbage. Play with colorful and dynamic combos of perennials, annuals and grasses to create stunning containers.

Photo Credit: Southern Living
Photo Credit: Southern Living

Use solid colored Pansies in orange and velvety black to make the perfect Hallow’s Eve arrangement. Place in a black or silver container for a super spooky addition to your front porch Jack O’Lanterns.

Photo Credit: Southern Living

Use a variety of colorful Pansies as a filler against an evergreen, like an Arborvitae or a Blue Point Juniper, with a classical ivy, like English Ivy for a formal arrangement.

Photo Credit: Southern Living

Use different varieties of Dianthus to create a full container – pair with a neutral pot to really show off the bold colors.

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Make a MUM-KIN! Cut out the top of a pumpkin and plant your favorite fall Mum. Use orange or yellow for a consistent color scheme or add pink or purple for a deep contrast against the orange of your pumpkin!

Photo Credit: Southern Living

Strawberry Jar Planters can be used in more ways than one! Plant Violas in different shades for an incredible ‘spill’ effect.

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Create a sunny disposition, even in fall! Plant yellow Pansies (with and without a ‘face’) to create a trio of gold on your porch. Add a fountain grass for a ‘thriller’ to really draw attention!

Photo Credit: Southern Living

Have stairs leading up to your home? Create a stair-step quattro of planters with Violas. Use different style pots with the same variety of Violas to create a stunning look on your stairs!

Photo Credit: Southern Living

Have fun with Succulents in fall too! Just like our Mum-kin (pictured above) plant succulents in pumpkins and spray paint the pumpkins in neutral tones to make these desert gems stand out.

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Grab & Go: Trendy Planters Without the Effort

Ever wish you could have planters like those in trendy magazines full of beautiful plants grabandgofor each season.  You see them on decks, porches, patios, by the front door, or poolside.  Not everyone has the time or know-how needed to create containers that will last, but now you don’t have to.  Grab & Go containers from The Home & Garden Center are the answer.

What is a Grab & Go container?  It’s a pre-planted container in various size and price ranges enabling you to grab it and go with it to your home where you can either use it “as is” or drop the pot into your favorite container.  Either way, it gives you instant, professionally designed and planted containers like those magazine photos.

Custom Grab & Go containers are available also.  Choose the plants and container yourself or give us a color pallet and leave the rest to us.

We are planting spring and summer Grab & Go containers daily to keep up with the demand.

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Grab and Go: Containers Straight Out of a Magazine

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https://www.theeasttexasweekend.com/grab-and-go-containers/

The Home and Garden Center in Longview has started a brand-new program that was inspired by YOU and it’s called Grab and Go Containers.

Designing your own pot of high-quality, magazine-worthy plants can be a difficult task if you’re not the super creative type, or if you don’t know what plants work best together for a specific season.

So that’s what the Grab and Go Containers are for.

‘Grab and Go’ containers are pre-planted containers that come in various sizes and price ranges, enabling you to simply browse their selections, grab it and go. Or, if you’re feeling inspired, you can use the containers to place into your favorite container and enjoy a quick and easy finished look.

The plants in each container have been hand selected by experts to grow well together and look amazing all season long.

They give you instant, professionally designed containers just like the ones out of your favorite magazine, but without all the work.

The Home and Garden Center has divided the year into 6 seasons and each season will have a new combination of plants that will be included in their Grab and Go containers.

  • Early Spring: Begins in March
  • Late Spring: Mid-April through May
  • Early Summer: May through June
  • Late Summer: July through August
  • Fall:  September through October
  • Winter: November through  December

You can learn more about the grab and go seasons and their combination of plants here.

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