Gorgeous Spring Container Gardens
Pink Spring Container
Tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are bellwethers of spring. In this simple ceramic bucket, a skirt of light pink Diascia surrounds a clump of magenta tulips. Prolong the life of your plantings by purchasing plants with tightly closed buds. The buds will open in a few days and color your spring container garden for two or more weeks.
Spring Dianthus Pots
Two petite galvanized buckets connected by a crosspiece and simple handle are the perfect planting place for perennial Dianthus, or pinks. Spur Dianthus to send up a second flush of blooms by shearing off spent flowers. The plants will bloom well into summer when grown in part shade to full sun and watered regularly.
Informal Container Garden
A painted wooden garden trug turns into a focal point with annual Dianthus and trailing Dichondra to create an abundant and informal look. The pink and green combination screams spring and will stand out anywhere in the garden (even on a tree stump).
Editor's Tip: Line the bottom of the container with heavy plastic, or set pots into plastic water trays.
Fragrant Flower Basket
Upcycled Spring Planter
Plum-and-white Regal geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) are tucked in by cheery deep pink pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) in a doll-size planter. A coat of exterior wood sealant protects the cradle from moisture. For long-lasting plantings, drill drainage holes in watertight containers. If that isn't possible, water only to lightly moisten the soil and let the potting soil dry slightly between waterings.
Antique Toolbox Planter
Delicate white heart-shaped flowers float among the foliage of perennial bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis f. alba) while the annual cascading Diascia completes the floral pairing in this old toolbox. Perennials spring to life as container plants. After enjoying their flowers, transplant them into the garden to become a permanent part of your landscape.
Fragrant Hyacinth Planter
Tightly Planted Bulbs
Sometimes, simplicity is best. When repotting sprouted bulbs, such as white Muscari, tightly arrange them for the best effect. The concrete planter and bright white flowers give a bold contrast. Try this as an easy spring window box idea.
Rustic Daffodil Container
Celebrate the early-bloomers. An old metal container gets a new life when used for a pretty planting of spring daffodils. Mix colors and sizes of daffodils for a dimensional planter full of bright bulbs.