Posts Tagged ‘yarrow’

Spillers for My Thrillers


I didn’t learn the Thriller, Filler, and Spiller design concept for container gardens until I read about it in Fine Gardening. Of course, I read these instructions *after* we planted our containers.

Tonight I’m going to add some jazzy spiller plants to live with our thrillers. I’m adding these white low-growing petunias and some white and green ivy. I chose white flowers because they show up the best at night, when we’re usually up on the roof. I hope they will be able to endure the wind and summer heat.

This yarrow wasn’t doing well and looked super ugly so I had to pull it out. First casulty of the season. Maybe it couldn’t take all the rain?

Thrillers, Spillers, and Fillers make me think of the first album I ever owned:


Home Depot: More Pots and Some Yarrow


A gardener friend of ours toured the Presby Memorial Iris Garden in Upper Montclair, NJ and gave us two iris plants. We want to get them set up on the roof before our cat attacks them, so I went to Home Depot last night to buy more pots.

We’re not sure if the irises will flower this summer or not, so I picked up this yarrow to plant with them. That should keep things colorful all summer. (They looked great on the subway trip home anyway!)

According to Wikipedia: “Nursery rhymes say if you put a yarrow sachet under your pillow, you will dream of your own true love. If you dream of cabbages (the leaves do have a similar scent), then death or other serious misfortune will strike.” Yarrow is drought-tolerant and attracts butterflies.

R* and I are determined to have all of the pots in our garden match — same curved shape and same terra cotta color. We bought all of the big plastic pots we could get at Target in Brooklyn, but now they’re sold out. Luckily, Home Depot in Manhattan sells the exact same line of plastic pots, though they are more expensive at Home Depot.