It’s always a good time for fresh air and sunshine! There’s no better way to welcome warmer days than with color and life. Just add a spring container and you’re on your way to refreshing plants for your porch, patio or outdoor area. Once nighttime temperatures remain above freezing, not dipping below, 30°F, you’re reading to plant.
Before planting, check to make sure the container has drainage holes at the bottom. When you’re ready to plant, use Espoma’s organic potting mix to fill the container and then mixing in Espoma’s Bio-tone Starter Plus with the soil to give it that extra oomph. Give consideration to fertilizing your soil for a vibrant garden.
Remember to use a “thriller, filler and spiller” when planting new pots. Put the tallest growing plant in the middle, or at the back. Surround it with smaller plants and finally, those that spill over the edge.
Combine any of the below plants for a look that pops! Hellebores are lovely choices for spring containers.
Pick Perennials such as English daisies, hellebores, pansies, primroses and bergenia make for good choices for early perennials. Find out if a plant can’t tolerate the cool temperatures of early spring by referencing the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Edibles including Spinach, kale, red and green lettuce, chives, sage
Think bulbs. There’s still a way to get those beautiful tulip, crocus and daffodil blooms even if you didn’t plant them in the fall. Just stop by your local garden center to pick up already-blooming bulbs place them into your container for an instant pick me up.
Stock up on Hydrangeas. Warf hydrangeas can really make an impact with a decorative container. Find a spot that matches the amount of light they need and you’re ready to get started.
If you want to grow blue hydrangeas, mix in Espoma Organic Soil Acidifier. For pink hydrangeas, add Espoma’s Organic Garden Lime. Then fill planter with potting soil, and plant the hydrangea at the same height it was previously growing.
Here are more ideas pointing to the best plants for container gardening