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5 of Our Favorite Container Garden Spillers

Creeping Jenny
Creeping Jenny

Sometimes called pennywort, creeping jenny spills a wispy trail of chartreuse drops when you tuck it into the rim of a container. It’s a tough perennial, thriving from zones 2 to 10. If it survives the winter where you are, trim it back in spring for another season of color.

Sweet Potato Vine
Sweet Potato Vine

This tuber produces a heat-loving cascade of heart-shaped leaves in lime green. Look for newer varieties in purple for a dramatic element in your container. These sweets, by the way, are not edible. Sweet potato vine can handle shade or sun. Like many annuals, it may need an extra drink of water on the hottest days of summer.

Succulents
Succulents

Donkey’s tail is the classic cascading succulent, with characteristic bunches of bean-shaped leaves. You could also look for String of pearls, another trailing succulent. Complete your succulent container with echeveria Fillers and agave or paddle succulent Thrillers.

Ivy
Ivy

Window boxes are just another variation on a container, with the same requirements: high quality, well-draining soil, and regular feeding and watering. Cascading stems of ivy add a classic touch to window boxes and containers. Drought tolerance, hardiness and evergreen foliage are still more reasons to include ivy in your containers.

Supertunia
Supertunia

You can always rely on this versatile performer, able to fill in a display or cascade over the edges. Here’s a tip when creating your container: Lay the Supertunias on their sides so the flowers drape over the edge of the container and the soil-covered roots are sideways. Cover with potting mix and complete your arrangement. This gives a full, mounded look to the completed display.

Container plantings need well-draining, moisture-retaining soil to survive the summer. Start with a potting soil like Miracle-Gro Potting Mix.