If you are like me….then you CANNOT wait for spring and summer to come….we are at the end of February now and I am just completely itching to see color start showing in my flower beds. Although its still too early to put any summer annuals out in the garden there are still things you can do to brighten up your outdoor space!
One of the quickest, easiest, & most beautiful ways to do that right now is early color container gardening! I went out in the greenhouse yesterday and asked Mary to help me put together a step by step guide so that you can plant your own colorful spring containers!
All of the products we used are available here at the farm and at other local nurseries ….Lets get started!!!
First off…head on out to the nursery and pick up your supplies, you will need:
- A container…any size/color will do
- Plant material
- & a pair of gardening gloves.
When choosing the plant material for your container be sure to think of these three things….. Thriller, Filler, & Spiller. These are the 3 most important parts to ANY container….
- First choose your thriller…this should be your eye catcher in your container and is usually the largest plant you choose; We have chosen the early spring blooming Senetti for ours.
- Next comes your spiller…..your spiller should be a plant that is going to ‘spill’ or trail over the edge of your pot. This gives the container a lot more character and depth. We have chosen a Vinca Vine
- Then lastly…your fillers. These are just what they sound like…plants to fill the remaining space in your container. We have chosen a mix of spring blooming bulbs for our pot…tulips, daffodils, & a hyacinth.
You are almost ready to start planting now….but first…..say it with me…. Thriller……Filler…… Spiller. Got it??? One more time, Thriller, Filler, & Spiller! Ok NOW you are ready to get planting!
To start, take your soil and fill your pot, leaving about 4″ at the top of the container
Next comes a VERY helpful tip….place your plants IN THEIR POTS into your container…by doing this you are able to figure out first of all how many plants you will need to fill your container, and second you can rearrange them to get the color combination & patterns that you like without damaging the roots.
Once you have decided on a design for your container it’s time to start planting! An easy way to get your plants out of their pot without harming them is to turn them upside down. Make sure to support the plant at the base….then a gentle squeeze and pull and the pot should pop right off!
Sometimes as you are taking plants out of their pots you will discover that their roots have grown quite tightly along the edges of the pot…we call this a root ball….thats ok! What you need to do when you see this is to very carefully take your fingers and loosen up the ball. By loosening up the root ball you a re making it easier for the plant to extend its roots and establish itself in your container.
Finish placing your last few plants into your container.
Once you have all of your plants in your container its time to fill it up….take your hand and gently lift up the foliage of your plants, take handfuls of soil and fill in the holes that are remaining in between your plants… Once you have all of your holes filled, make sure to give your container a good drink of water, this will help all of the plants settle into place.
If you want to add the perfect finishing touch to your container….find a perfect little piece of garden art to add! We have chosen this super cute little ladybug. But you can also choose a seasonal decoration…maybe a little bunny or some colorful eggs for Easter, or a shamrock for St Patricks Day. This is a great way to add a really personal touch to your container.
Now all you have to do is place the pot by your front door and enjoy it!! That was easy wasn’t it!?!? Now lets all thank Mary for her help
If you had good luck with this tutorial….check back in for more fun gardening ‘How To’s” throughout the year!
I hope you are all having a great week!!!