Early Spring Container Garden
After a long, cold winter we are anxious for spring to appear in our gardens. While it is too early to fill containers with summer-blooming annuals such as geraniums and petunias, you can bring your planters out of hibernation by planting cool-season annuals and early-blooming perennials.
The plants listed below offer early-spring color and fragrance for containers in sunny (6+ hours of bright sunlight) locations. After planting the flowers, use a little Spanish moss or green sheet moss as a soil cover and add a plant stick or other decoration to create a cheerful bouquet.
As the temperatures warm up, plant the perennials in garden beds and repot the containers with summer-blooming flowers.
Cool Season Annuals
- Pansies: Flowers come in a wide range of colors including blues, yellows, pinks and white. The plant will bloom continuously throughout the spring until temperatures get too hot.
- Snapdragons: A great flower to add height and interest to the container; also a good flowers for cutting, available in a wide range of colors
We like to use herb plants in containers because their foliage is fragrant and interesting. These herbs will also bloom later in the season providing a change to the look of the container. If the herb plants are not completely cold hardy, or "hardened off" when you purchase them, cover the container with a towel when night temperatures drop below 40 degrees.
- Curry Plant
- Sweet Woodruff
- Dianthus "Mountain Mist" or "Baths Pink"
- Leopards Bane "Little Leo" (Doronicum)
- Blue Fescue (Festuca ovina var. glauca)
- Coralbells (Heuchera)
- Spotted Dead Nettle (Lamium)
- Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata)
- Candytuft (Iberis)