Green Circle Growers Blog

How to Combine Thriller, Filler and Spillers into Attractive Containers

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It’s fun to get creative with container gardening. As long as plants share the same light and watering requirements, you can combine any number of them to make an attractive container planting. To achieve a harmonious plant arrangement, professionals use the thriller-filler-spiller method of container design.  ...read more

Design Tricks for Container Plantings

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 24, 2011

To create pleasing container arrangements, floral designers use what is called the thriller-filler-spiller technique. In selecting plants to be combined in a container or hanging basket, florists look for plants that will fill each role: ...read more

Mulch Enriches Garden Soil

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Some people mulch garden beds each spring and fall to give their outdoor landscape a professional appearance. But mulching your garden offers many benefits beyond the cosmetic. Adding mulch to flower beds helps to protect delicate garden plants, deter weed growth and enrich the soil, resulting in a more successful blooming season next spring and summer.  ...read more

Ornamental Grasses Attract Attention in Autumn Garden

Green Circle Growers - Friday, September 18, 2009

Ornamental Grasses add texture and motion to the garden in any season, but it is in autumn when seed heads form that ornamental grasses and their look-alike cousins sedges and rushes are most intriguing. From the gracefully arching, six-foot plumes of Stipa (Giant Feather Grass) that tower over the garden to the fuzzy dusters protruding from clumps of Festuca (Fescue) that tickle our legs as we weed, the seed pods of decorative grasses charm and delight.  ...read more

Time to Plant Fall Containers

Green Circle Growers - Monday, September 14, 2009

The approach of fall means it's time to redo the containers that grace your front porch or backyard deck. Out with the bedraggled Ivy Geranium (Pelargonium) and wilting Wave Petunias (Petunia); it's time for a fall makeover.  ...read more

Rejuvenate Garden Beds With Fall Favorites

Green Circle Growers - Friday, September 11, 2009

As fall approaches, lush summer gardens seem to lose their luster. Gone to seed are the once-bright Echinacea (coneflower). All that's left of the Petunias is a leggy tangle of twisted vines. Barren stalks protrude from the earth where blossoms used to bounce on the breeze. But it's too early to give up on Mother Nature. There's still life left in your garden; it just needs a little rejuvenation. Revitalize your fall garden by adding some lovely late-blooming flowers, a few decorative grasses and exotic ornamentals.  ...read more