Cool Containers for Spring

In my line of work, we create hundreds of container gardens every year for both commercial and residential clients.

It’s a good thing that container gardening is something I am truly passionate about! My husband says that I am “obsessed” because I am constantly taking objects and turning them into a new vessel for a container garden.

I am always on a continuous hunt for plants that provide year-round interest, as well as easy maintenance because the majority of my clients don’t have time to care for their container gardens daily.

When creating these gardens, my first concern is always the vertical element. Choosing the best plant for the center of the pot is crucial because it will more than likely be standing there for a few years.

One of my favorite plants for the center role is the Mountain Snow™ Pieris  Her appearance is one that remains interesting and appealing all year long. This is especially true in the spring when she is dressed to impress in a gown of white blooms. Her pendulous flower buds look superb in any arrangement!

If I am really craving a container filled with tulips and springs bounty I will cheat and buy a pot of bulbs from the local grocery store. 

How to plant a spring container garden:

Step 1:  Fill your container with soil leaving a few inches of room from the top. Tip:  Traditionally we flip the pots from the plants upside down and place them in the bottom of the container but not this time. When using a shrub element as the focal point you want to give your plants plenty of room to grow and thrive and you need all the room you can get. 

Step 2:  Remove all of the plastic pots from the plants. Loosen the roots of the Mountain Snow™ Pieris and then place it towards the back of the container.

Step 3:  This is my favorite part!  Placing tallest to shortest, artfully arrange the bulbs.  Keep like colors together to make a bold statement.

Step 4: Lastly, fill in any empty holes with soil. Tip: The container works best in a sunny to partly shaded area.

As soon as the bulbs are done dazzling you and your neighbors, be sure to re-plant them in your garden for a special surprise next spring. Don’t forget to water your container once a week during the cooler months. 

Stay tuned for the perfect color for this container come spring! Also, April 15th is the famous frost-free date for planting annuals so mark your calendars!

Materials

  •  Container

  • 3 gallon Mountain Snow™ Pieris

  • Soil 

  • Any kind of bulbs in bloom

Instructions

Step 1:  Fill your container with soil leaving a few inches of room from the top. Tip:  Traditionally we flip the pots from the plants upside down and place them in the bottom of the container but not this time. When using a shrub element as the focal point you want to give your plants plenty of room to grow and thrive and you need all the room you can get. 

Step 2:  Remove all of the plastic pots from the plants. Loosen the roots of the Mountain Snow™ Pieris and then place it towards the back of the container.

Step 3:  This is my favorite part!  Placing tallest to shortest, artfully arrange the bulbs.  Keep like colors together to make a bold statement.

Step 4: Lastly, fill in any empty holes with soil. Tip: The container works best in a sunny to partly shaded area.

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