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How to Style a Tall Planter

Gardening Style For Tall Planters

Finding tall planters for the home and garden can often be a challenging endeavor. These planters are usually asked to fill a dual purpose, both of functionality and also of style. Finding functionality is certainly important, but this article is all about style. Styling a planter is a relatively easy project, but should be done intentionally to make sure that the planter and the plants within complement each other.

Complementary Planting

This complementary nature of the plants and the planter can look different whether you are looking to create a common style throughout or a heavy contrast to bring out the color of either the planter or the plants themselves. This article will take a look at some of the techniques you can use to create the perfectly styled tall planter.

Color Schemes

Choosing your colors is the first and perhaps the most important part of styling a tall planter. Start by deciding what colors you want to represent your garden, you might choose colors that are earthy or those that are bright and colorful. This section is entirely based on personal choice, many planters will be right for one space and a complete misfit in another, so make sure to find a planter which fits your own style and your own garden’s style.

Fantastic Flowers

After finding the right planter to fill your garden space, the next step will be to find the right colored plants and flowers. Having two clashing colors within your planter can make the planter seem disjointed and much too frantic, disturbing the aesthetic flow of the garden. The plants in your planter should complement the colors and architecture that is present in your outdoor space or garden.

The plants in your planter should complement the colors and architecture that is present in your outdoor space or garden.

Centerpieces For Planters

Styling the plants within a planter is often done at the discretion of the gardener themselves, and it certainly should be. The plants chosen and the way in which they are arranged should tell the viewer something about the gardener and their own special ways of gardening. The creativity of gardening is one of the things that makes the experience so fulfilling to a great many people, but sometimes this creativity is guided by some planter essentials. One of the most popular methods of planting in a tall planter is using a method that relies on height, fillers, and spillers.

This method uses a central plant that serves as a taller eye-catcher, and a flowing, drooping plant along the edges, while the empty places in the central parts of the planter are filled with flowers.

Towering Backdrops

Plant the tall centerpiece first, this plant should be taller than the others and is often not a large flowering plant. Choose a plant that will provide the perfect backdrop for the flowers that will be planted alongside it. Some options that are especially popular for use as this centerpiece include:


Calla Lily

Red Ferns

Thrilling Spillers

Next prepare the perimeter of your planter with the drooping vine-like plants. These plants will provide depth and volume to your planter, allowing the flowers and other plants to emerge from the filling mass of their nature. These plants are arguably more important than the tall centerpieces as they add mass to the planter and give the flowers something to grow out of. Some options to consider using in your planter include:

Sweet Potato Vine

Creeping Jenny



Swedish Ivy

Wave Petunia

The Class Of The Planter

For the final step you will want to fill the remaining space with your flowering plants. These will really provide the color and the pop that will set your planter apart. There’s not too much to say about flowers and most gardeners understand their importance to the entirety of the garden, they will provide both color and potentially fragrance to the ambiance of the garden. Some popular planter options also include:







Snap Dragons

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