|2010 Olbrich Gardens Hanging Basket|
What makes this basket goes beyond the concept of "thriller, spiller, filler" touted so often by designers.
First, this basket is large, at least 14". This was a "whole basket" planting, meaning slit were cut in the moss basket liner to plant additional plant. To help retain moisture, the woven basket most likely has 10" circle of plastic lining the very bottom and the soil mix has either perlite or vermiculite included to retain moisture for the plants.
When choosing plants, the gardener did not limit the choice to annuals, but included a summer bulb and a perennial, and a temperperennial begonia with a dark purpley-red under leaf. The filler/spillers chosen were chosen for their colorful foliage. For this particular basket, a dark, thin leafed sweet potato and sweet potato "Margarita' were both used. Also, a pink and green caladium bulb and a blue hosta were used. These more upright and larger-leaved inclusions were planted in the top and center of the` basket, while spillers and fillers were planted toward the outside and down the sides in the slits. While a commercial basket this size might include up to three different type of annual plugs with 3-5 of the flowering filler, 1-3 of the spiller and 1 plug of the thriller; this basket often uses a single plant. I think eight different plant were used for a total of nine or ten plugs in all. I think three of the petunia were used. This petunia with a lime green picotee edge and a dark eye zone is where the color theme for this basket comes from; lime green, pink, dark purple.