This is a simple recipe for eye-catching containers that helps me think about the size, colour and texture when I'm choosing plants for my pots and planters.
Firstly, you need a bold, upright, architectural plant - that's the thriller. Good examples for New Zealand gardeners are Phormium, Canna, Cordyline, Agave and Agapanthus.
The filler is a plant of medium height. At this time of year, flowering annuals that are a colour matching something from inside your home, (e.g. cushions, artwork, or feature wall), are ideal.
Finally, the spiller, which tumbles out of the edge of your pot, falling towards the ground and softening the edges of your container. Ivy, Verbena, creeping Rosemary, Dichondra Silver Falls will all do the trick.