Using planters is a fantastic way to make your patio or deck really stand out. But here’s a tip to make your standout patio stellar: plant a “Thriller, Filler, Spiller.” It’s simply three plants in one container that make a big statement.

When choosing your thriller, filler, spiller plants make sure they require the same amount of water and sunlight, so they work well together.

  • Start with the thriller. This is the superstar of the planter. They are usually tall, colorful and last all season long.
  • The filler adds mass. The filler should weave through the thriller, providing texture and filling in any bare spaces.
  • Last, add the spiller. The spillers will anchor the pot and spill over the side of the container, giving it a softer edge.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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