In my last post, Plants for Spring Colour I briefly touched on Ideas for Spring Containers. Today I shall go into more detail and hopefully inspire you with some Ideas for Spring Containers for your gardens, patios, decked areas and/or windows.
It isn’t difficult to add some instant interest and colour to areas that sometimes are neglected or devoid of plants and flowers.
Who doesn’t love to see a container full of spring bulbs and/or spring flowering plants? For me it is a sight to gladden the heart and put a smile on my face.
So let’s have a look at what we can plant… well… to be honest… pretty much anything!
Pick a Container, Any Container
There are endless possibilities to suit all tastes and budget. Any container that takes your fancy, just make sure it has some drainage holes in the bottom and that it is clean.
- Terracotta – these are my favourite, the warm tones and textures of these pots, especially old ones seem to fit right in with any colour scheme. If you decide to invest in terracotta pots then choose frost proof ones.
- Stoneware – these are very heavy and best placed somewhere that they can remain without having to keep moving them, once filled with plants they can become a wonderful focal point of interest.
- Novelty Planters – any number of containers can be turned into planters, I’ve used old boots, watering cans, olive oil cans, the list is endless, basically anything that will hold a plant is adequate.
- Wooden Half Barrels or Troughs – these make lovely planters in any garden, they come in numerous sizes, large ones are ideal for any plant that needs plenty of space and like the stone containers they make beautiful permanent features.
- Plastic or resin – there are literally 1000’s of options.
- Baskets… plastic, wire, natural products such as wicker, willow… new or antique, hanging or freestanding baskets look wonderful filled with any variety of plants… especially as the plants start to grow and trail through them.
What to Plant?
So now you have chosen your container – what are you going to plant in it? Well, again the choice is yours.
At this time of year the spring bulbs are everywhere. Every time I go out I see daffodils, crocus, snowdrops, primroses flowering in the parks, gardens, road side verges. Why not bring a little of that cheer to your own gardens.
If you didn’t plant any bulbs back in the autumn don’t despair, garden centres, home stores, supermarkets and plant nurseries have 100’s of them to buy now. They are already planted for you and just coming into flower so now is the time to go and buy some. Transfer them to your container with compost and ‘Hey Presto’ you have a spring container that you can place anywhere that you can see it and enjoy it.
There are so many plants that are completely happy in a container given the right compost, and growing conditions. The beauty of containers is that you can provide your plants exactly what they need, be it full sun, shade, part shade, dry, damp, etc. For example, if you wanted to plant a camellia as mentioned in my last post… then you would use ericaceous compost, with some added grit to aid with drainage, you would place the container in a sunny spot and water where possible with rain water.
Pansies, Anemone blanda, Violas
A planter filled with your favourite flowers, foliage, and colour interest is a joy to the eyes and will cheer up areas that don’t have any garden planting.
Shrubs are also great Ideas for Spring Containers, choose any that are flowering now, most of them are happy in large containers. You just simply put the container in the right place. I will stress here that if you are planting a large container then put it in place first as they can be very heavy once filled with compost, plants and water.
Herbs are fabulous to have in a container by the kitchen or on the kitchen window cill, they give the added bonus of fragrance and they’re edible too!
Once again the colours are purely your taste and choice, bold, bright reds, yellows and oranges really brighten up a dull area. A pastel palette like white, pinks, pale blues, lilacs, soft yellows and peach offer a more subtle colour scheme.
Or try something completely different, purple, blues or even a dramatic black and white combination.
Three contrasting colours look really dynamic or several shades of one colour look softer, both ideas offer instant colourful impact. Flower Garden Colour Combinations
How to Plant Your Container and It’s Aftercare
Just do it… Instant Impact!