How To Grow Pot Plants in a Container Garden

BBC Gardener of The Decade, Katherine Crouch, on pot plants and container gardening.

Katherine uses a mixture of garden pot plants in this video to help inspire your own garden planting ideas. When chosing garden pot plants Katherine uses a ‘thriller’ plant to give height and drama, a ‘filler’ plant to provide foliage and colour and finally a ‘spiller’ pot plant to trail out over the edges of the pot or container. Watch the video and see the beautiful results this method of pot planting will create.

Katherine also describes methods of fertilisation to ensure your container flower garden and garden pot plants look great all summer long.

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  1. The title should be how to grow POTTED plants in a container lol. Different demographic for growing pot in a container.

  2. Thank you for this, very helpful! 😁👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
    I am getting ready to plant a Golden Forsythia tree, and I am putting it in a container so it won't get out of control.
    Might I put any others around the base, and what would it be, please ? Thank you!

  3. Thanks for this. Totally timely for me, 6 years later 😁!
    I'm partway through terracing the space below my front window & am beginning to add pots. What a brilliant punchline to remember – thriller, filler, spiller. Now I have visions of flower & foliage cascades 🥰
    Now to not break the bank!

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