Creating Container Gardens
Native & Pollinator Friendly
From the Missouri Botanical Garden:
Virtually any native plant that captures your fancy can be grown in containers. The following guide includes container recipes, as well as provides an alternative selection of native plants that make excellent container additions. The plants are divided into three categories: Thrillers (plants with some striking characteristics that will draw attention to your container), Fillers (plants to add mass to your container), and Spillers (plants that will drape over the sides of your container). Combine plants from all three categories to achieve desirable container combinations.
Use your imagination when thinking of containers filled with natives but do follow this rule: never dig wild plants by thinking they will thrive in your location. Two negative outcomes usually result from such attempts— a dead plant in your landscape and another plant that has disappeared from the wild. Instead, select plants that can be grown from seed or purchased from reputable nurseries.
For more great examples, visit Shaw Nature Reserve’s Whitmire Wildflower Garden or the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden where you can find combinations of native plants in various containers and settings. For more information, we recommend the Containers for Growing Plants visual guide, as well as, the Grow Native! guide: Missouri Native Plant Container Designs.
Below are two examples of how to layout a container garden, one for sun and one for shade: Please note this information comes from Missouri, plant suggestions may not be native in the Woodstock area, you can easily check what is native in our area by visiting the Prairie Moon Nursery website https://www.prairiemoon.com/ where you can look up information on specific plants including a native range map.