|If you have a container
garden featuring a tall plant, or ornamental trees in pots, this one's
A “spiller” is a plant that just
tumbles out of the pot. These are awesome as hanging plants, and an
eye-catching way to decorate your potted arrangements, by playing the
role of understory plant and soil cover. It's a decoration for your pot,
The main role of a spiller is to
sprawl over the side of the container and tumble toward the
ground. Any plant that spills over or weeps over the side of the
pot will do, if it's short enough and doesn't overtake your container.
There are some lovely conifers that can do that, too. Groundcover plants
are naturals for filling all the space at the bottom of your container
arrangement, but some don't sprawl or get tall enough to spill. They
still look beautiful, and i use them. Most perennial spillers and
groundcovers cover both features. Covering the soil at the base, and
adding a draping look at the top of the pot.
A good way to figure out what
to plant as a spiller is to use what is generally used in hanging
baskets as filler. What flows from those, will flow beautifully at the
base of your plants. There are also many herbs that creep that can be
used for this purpose, and you get to pinch off fresh herbs for cooking.
Creeping Thyme and Trailing Rosemary are great plants for both the
looks, and for snipping herbs.
Check the USDA cold
hardiness map for the plants that will thrive in your area.
is a list of my favorites that look pretty and are easy to maintain
Height: 6 inches tall by 1-2 ft.
Bloom Color: White, spring and summer.
When it blooms, it's almost entirely
covered with bright white flowers.It grows fast. It's great for a
xeriscaped garden because it has tolerance to drought.
Snow-In-Summer prefers full sun. I find that it does well in sun unless
temperatures are above 90. I separate young and healthy clumps from a
plant, and pop it wherever i can in the garden. They look great right
from the first season.
Sweet alyssum grows in a mounding form to
about 12 inches tall and wide.
It can be planted in your garden or used in a
container, where its spreading habit spills nicely. Clusters of tiny
white, pink, or purple flowers bloom continuously.
Butterflies and bees are attracted to
the carpet of flowers that smell like honey.
Perfect trailing plant for all
themes. I pull some out and grow them indoors in
hanging pots for winter. They make great houseplants. Then they go back
out in spring to fill my pots and raised beds.
|These are also beautiful
in pots of tall succulent plants.
to zone 3 (- 40°F)
April - May
of the earliest flowers to bloom in compact, rounded
Height: 6”. Creeps to 20”- 30”.
in full sun to partial shade.
|Hardy English Ivies
Non-invasive perennial type, and
always beautiful as pot spillers, in windowboxes, as climbing or creeping
vines, and tumbling from walls. Some hardy varieties stay green through
Delicate stems. Very hardy, and keeps weeds out. Beautiful at the base of containers and in
window boxes. It's hard- to- find foliage in its bright yellow- green color that
sets off the boring greens in the garden.
Can be lightly stepped on, if used as groundcover. Perennial.
No maintenance to speak of, except to divide into more
plants, if you wish.
Woodruff is a mat-forming perennial, most often used as a ground cover or
tumbling from windowboxes and pots.
typically grow 8-12" tall and feature fragrant dark green leaves.
Plants will creep non-aggressively, about 1ftx1ft wide per year.
is easy. And you will have more plants for other pots and garden areas
that return year-after-year
Though I had great success in Zone 5 winters.
Blue Star Creeper grows into a thick, fast-growing, low mat, choking out most
weeds. Very sweet little plant that covers thickly and spreads.
Deep green with
blue star-shaped little flowers. Also comes in white. It grows up to about 6 inches tall.
Pretty when used in tops of containers and as a groundcover. Not tall, but
it can drape and spread in a gorgeous mat of little flowers draping over
Though the plant seldom grows over 8
inches tall, it can trail and drape 1-2 feet with the plant spreading
out over 12-18 inches.
Trailing Rosemary a low-growing,
trailing form of Rosemary. Like other varieties of Rosemary, it has dark
green pointy leaves that are rich in aromatic oils.
Small, pale blue to white flowers
appear along its branches from March to May. It looks beautiful draping
over a rock wall or cascading from hanging baskets and pots.
Supertunias are annual Petunia hybrids that need no deadheading.
Long-blooming and drought-tolerant. Especially suited
to large container plantings.
They will trail over the edges of baskets and
containers up to 4 feet by the end of the season. They are great
in large container arrangments, hanging baskets, large raised beds and
neighborhood plant islands, where they function as both fillers and
Comes In Several Colors
Aubrietta blooms late spring to summer.
This creeping plant is great as a
pot spiller, in a rock garden, flowing over a rock wall, filling in
between stone pavers, and as a groundcover in the garden. Drought
tolerant. Deer resistant. Fuzzy green, Mat forming foliage.
A beautiful houseplant in
Draping succulent plant.
Perfect for container
arrangements that include agave, yucca, and other tall and bold
succulents you would choose as a focus or filler plant.
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