Proctor: Make marvelous Mother's Day pots

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KUSA - A wide, low bowl is the ideal container to plant with flowering annuals and foliage plants. It allows for more creativity than a pot with a smaller opening.

As you shop for plants--and many of you will--look for three types of plants to make a memorable container. Just remember "thrillers," "fillers" and "spillers."

Start with the thrillers. These are the splashy, colorful flowers that grab your attention. I gravitate towards dahlias, cannas and geraniums.

Add the fillers next. These are often plants with great leaves or with fountain shapes, such as coleus, spike dracaenas, agastache, gaura, salvias and impatiens.

The spillers trail from the pot and finish it off. These might include petunias, verbena, sweet potato vine, vinca, mandevilla and golden lysimachia.

By using plants from each group, you'll be nearly assured of success. Select plants that enjoy the same light and moisture requirements. Plant them closely together to achieve that billowing, abundant look. With even moisture and regular feeding, they will weave together to create a marvelous statement all summer.

Plants are courtesy of Tagawa Gardens.

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