Planting In Tall Pots 101: How To Plant, Fill, And Arrange

Plant and flower pots have been used for centuries to grow seeds and aid in plant arrangement. Not only that, but the plant pots themselves are a source of additional decoration in a home or garden.

Over time, to serve the needs and tastes of consumers, the designs and materials of these decorative planters have become more and more diverse. They come in various styles, from broad-bodied rectangles to smooth, tapered shapes, etc., that complement any decor.

According to the perched water table theory, tall pots are the optimal choice. They have the highest air-to-water ratio, allowing for better gas exchange. A tall and wide pot is preferable to a tall and narrow pot for almost every plant. It’s compatible with the vast majority of irrigation methods and requirements.

Tall pots next to a door

What makes a tall planter stand out from others?

1. Enlarge small spaces

Decorating a tiny space requires careful consideration of the scale and size of decorative elements. Fool your brain into thinking the room appears taller by employing long, upright lines in a tiny space. You can use a large planter with tall plants to create more space vertically, essentially buying more square footage for the price of a plant pot.

2. Infusion of a contemporary atmosphere

Small spaces with minimalist designs can benefit from a large planter that adds visual interest. Regardless of how small your area is, you can easily create a lush indoor oasis. Tall indoor flower pots and plants are your choices for this. Tall planters are also ideal for adding elegance and beauty to empty corners. You can achieve the contemporary look by placing identical large planters with the same type of plants next to each other.

Tall planters
Tall planters are also ideal for adding elegance to empty corners // Photo by Stenko Vlad on Shutterstock

3. Tall planters are easy to arrange

Tall garden planters can be used to decorate space or as a focal point for several smaller plants. Furthermore, you can easily move these planters from one location to another due to their low weight and efficient use of space. Moving tall planters from outside to inside as the weather changes is a dream.

A large planter, on the other hand, requires a large amount of potting soil to fill it. It might be too heavy to move around, as well as being more expensive than what you need.

How to fill a tall planter

There are so many ways to fill your planter without breaking the bank or straining your back. If you’re on a tight budget when it comes to landscaping, these methods are an excellent way to save money.

Step 1: Check for drainage holes 

Overwatering is the most common mistake made by plant owners. Plant roots may die as a result of the bacteria and fungus that grow in the bottom of a planter with good drainage and too much water. It turns out most people love their plants too much!

Most plants need a healthy environment to thrive, which necessitates adequate drainage. While adding a good drainage hole to your planter isn’t the only factor to ensure plant growth, we recommend them, especially for outdoor planters.

Even though every plant owner should be aware of the hydration level of their babies, the drainage holes in planters still helps a lot by making sure any extra water will seep out.

Step 2: Prepare filler for pot

Instead of potting soil, use space savers in the bottom half of the planter. This will help use less soil and water and make the planter lighter. The following are some items that are perfect filler materials and are likely to be found near you:

Lightweight pot fillers

Lightweight pot fillers
Lightweight pot fillers // Photo by Shawn Hempel on Shutterstock
1. Packing materials

Styrofoam peanuts (a.k.a packing peanuts) or styrofoam blocks (a.k.a foam blocks) are recommended for filler material. To keep the filler more secure and contained, place them in an empty potting soil bag.

2. Recycle materials

You can recycle empty plastic containers as space savers, such as plastic milk jugs, grocery plastic bags, soda bottles, water bottles, or aluminium cans as a starting point. Make sure to keep the lids on if you decide to use plastic bottles. You can either crush them or leave them whole, depending on the amount you have and how much space you need to fill. Small old plastic pots are another option as well. Simply turn the pots upside down and place them in your tall planter.

This kind of filler helps to decrease the amount of waste produced and dumped into the environment.

3. Short-term use material

Look around you for plenty of natural goods like wood chips, pine cones, leaves, and sticks of any size. Recycled cardboard or newspaper works too. These materials will degrade over time and add nutrients to the soil.

Heavy pot fillers

Some options for heavy pot fillers are broken ceramic, broken pieces of crystal, brick, large rocks, or wood logs. Heavy materials work when we need to sturdy a large tree in a lightweight container or do permanent installations.

Step 3: Protect the fillers in the pot

Separate the filler from the soil with a layer of newspaper, cheesecloth, or landscaping fabric. This step will prevent the contents in it from falling through the cracks.

Step 4: Prepare soil for potting

Fill the planter to the top with potting soil. You can use any soil you want, but pre-fertilized high-quality potting soil saves you the trouble of adding fertilizer later and it is lighter than garden soil. Using potting soil for indoor plants is a must to allow water to drain thoroughly and give the roots of your plant the best chance to spread and take root.

Step 5: Planting and touching up

Pop your plants right in! If additional potting soil is required, add it around the plants and water as directed.

How to plant tall and large planters with plants

When planting in a large planter, choosing the proper plants is the most crucial consideration. Big plants might overpower another Small and compact one. It can be challenging to pick the ones that complement each other, add interest, and balance the whole planter. Using the method “thriller, filler, and spiller” will make it easier.

Thrillers are tall plants that provide visual interest and vertical factors in the pot. They shine as “the stars of the show” and seek attention constantly. Place more than just one “star” into the container if it’s big enough.

Fillers are plants that provide the appearance of a filled pot while also adding mass to it. Geraniums, begonias, marigolds, and vinca are some of the well-known names in this category.

The trailing plants that dangle over the side of a container to soften its edges are known as Spillers. Various types of ivy, dichondra, or golden creeping jenny will be a decent choice.

 “Thriller, filler, and spiller” is the best formula to create multi-dimensional displays.

plant tall and large planters with plants
 “Thriller, filler, and spiller” is the best formula // Photo by Tyler Olson on Shutterstock

How to plant a tall planter with flowers

When you overflow tall planters with flowers, they can take on a colourful appearance. When planting, think of your arrangement as a cake. Add a central focal point, symmetry, and a couple of surrounding “excitement” features to the outer edges. Then add fillers if you have any empty spaces.

An excellent focal point is an ornamental grass. If the planter is visible from all angles, place this plant in the middle. The rest of the decorations should be around it.

Once the centre plant is in place, you can add symmetry plants. Using four (two on each side) in these large planters will make it look marvellous.

Use at least one trailing plant for the “excitement” part. While the tall grass draws it up and emphasizes the large planter, this will help draw your attention downward. A tailing plant like English Ivy has a great colour and texture that will also add pop and nicely complement the other plants

When selecting colours for your planters, consider brushing up on your color theory to ensure that everything complements one another.

How to arrange a tall planter in outdoor and indoor spaces

Large planters at the entrances

The porch is a great place to put a few tall pots. To wow your guests, this is where you need to start. Plants near the front door are a welcome message, which you can utilize to fit with the house architecture. Whatever its purpose, a large outdoor planter can be a valuable asset in your garden. Their colour can also light up your décor.

Large planters at the entrances
The colour can also light up your décor // Photo by Ken Schulze on Shutterstock

Layering arrangement in tall pots

Layering arrangements can be both beneficial indoor and outdoor in terms of decorating. It is the art of placing plants or flowers above each other that taper off in size as they elevate in a pyramid shape. Each level can feature a different plant but could also be an analogous type of plant too, depending on your preferences. As long as you follow the usual plant arrangement rules, it will turn out well. Tallest should be at the bottom and the shortest at the top.

Layering arrangement in tall pots
Layering arrangement in tall pots // Photo by sstock942 on Shutterstock

Large planters as hedges

Large tall planters can be used as hedges in your garden, whether it’s for privacy or to divide your yard with the neighbours. Pick a long tall planter if you want to grow traditional hedgerows. Give it a trim to achieve the dense and symmetrical hedgerow to line the perimeters of your garden. Splashing some colours on your planter’s body will help to level up your whole garden decor.

Define walkway with tall pots

By using tall pots, you can define a simple garden path. Place the planters at regular intervals along the way, or line them up in a row to create an enclosed, formal atmosphere.

To define a path, two tall planters are all you need to use. Place two at the beginning and end of the path. For added definition, place another pair of planters next to each other at the halfway point.

Define walkway with tall pots
Place two at the beginning and end of the path // Photo by VDB Photos on Shutterstock

Best Jay Scotts tall planters for your house

Round planters

Try placing a yellow-coloured Saint Tropez Round Bullet Fiberglass Planter with a beautiful golden oriole azalea in the corner of a small room. Similar to other bright-coloured fibreglass planters with matching flowering plants, this combination can enliven a small space, irrespective of the other design elements present in the room.

Square Planter

The timeless and ultra-modern Sapporo Extra Large Tall Square Planter in grey with big Monstera will look great in open spaces like porches or backyard column areas in your garden. It could be displayed on your roof deck or anywhere else you have an outdoor garden oasis.

Rectangle Planter

The Perth Tall Rectangular Planter offers a lot of space for your babies to grow. If you’re looking for a pot that doesn’t take up a lot of room when placed on your patio, deck, or entryway, then this tall rectangular planter is a perfect choice.

Create an elegant and classy atmosphere by combining the Perth Tall Rectangular Planter in white, silver, and black. To add a burst of vibrant colour to your home, you can pair Glossy eggplant & tangerine colors together!

Jay Scott’s landscaping solutions enhance the beauty of any environment by combining elegance, functionality, and eye-catching appeal. Find out more why you should buy modern fibreglass planters. and check out the complete Jay Scotts tall fibreglass planters here.

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