The “Thrill, Fill, Spill” Method for Planting a Container or Urn

My Mom is an amazing gardener! She uses her inspiring creativity so well in her garden. This year, she has taught me about the Thrill, Spill and Fill Method for planting in containers and urns.

Thrill, Spill, Fill


In this image, the large hosta is the thrill with the tall flower. After the flower is done the hosta will grow up to 21 inches tall.


Fill is a tuberous begonia, a double impatiens and a Baby Bunting hosta.


Spill is a becopa.

Keep the Squirrels Away!

The pine cones deter the squirrels from digging. They love potting soil!

Here is another example of this planting technique:

Thrill, Spill, Fill

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8 Responses to The “Thrill, Fill, Spill” Method for Planting a Container or Urn

  1. I’m no green thumb, so these kinds of tricks are invaluable to me…thanks for showing me how easy it can be. I guess I shouldn’t get so intimidated!!

  2. Melanie Mann says:

    So pretty!! Thank you for the great tip to easily putting together a great selection of plants in a planter.

  3. So an easy concept…even an outdoor greyish green thumb like me could do this!

  4. Debbie B says:

    I have 3 empty planters I now feel inspired

  5. Victoria S says:

    That ends up looking so great! Thanks for the idea!

    Victoria Ess

  6. kathy downey says:

    I love that arrangement,beautiful

  7. elizamatt says:

    Wish I had an eye for filling pots like you mum, love the Thrill, Spill and Fill Method. I usually have something tall, something hanging and fill the rest with whatever there is. 🙂

  8. Judith says:

    I love the “Thrill,Fill,Spill” method it’s a new way of planning in pots and bring that much joy to the heart.They are so beautiful .Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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