How to Make Amazing Spring Planters with Detroit Garden Works

December 30, 2023

Spring planters are going in everywhere here in New England this week. While I know that down south, you are probably way past the daffodils and forsythia, it is barely beginning here. I asked the very talented Deborah Silver (a fellow northerner) of Detroit Garden Works for some ideas for spring planters, and she sent some great pictures that I am using to illustrate a few pointers. Spring can be tricky (at least in climates with four seasons), the growing season is short (i.e., it is only really about five weeks before you can put in summer plants) and the selection of material is slim. Here are a few tips to make your spring gardens exciting.

1) Use Exciting Containers and draw colors from the surroundings. This garden highlights the purple door. The whole space is very dynamic, with the creative basket planters shooting up.

Two white urns with purple flowers in them.

2) Don’t plant for growth – it won’t happen. In my opinion, cell-pack pansies are for pansies. Buy nothing less than an 8″ pot, and then shove them together. It will save you time and will look so much better. And if you are planting commercially…or even in your home…don’t even bother with removing the pot – just put the whole thing in the ground….they won’t be there that long, and it will save you time inbound and outbound.

Two large pots with purple flowers in them.
Dried grasses are surrounded by purple spring flowers in these bright spring planters.

(this did happen overnight)

3) Think beyond bulbs when it comes to plants. Early spring vegetables (like this Lettuce) have great color and form.

A planter filled with yellow flowers and grasses.
curly twigs, grasses, purple tulips, pansies and creeping jenny combine to make a pretty spring planter display.

A combination of textures – pansies, hosta, and twigs make a modern container garden display.

4) Group things together for more impact. A Single pot is nice, but when you put a bunch together, by adding more containers, you can create a much more impactful display.

5) Use non-foliage foliage for height and interest. These central pieces are all dried or plastic grasses, painted sticks or other stems.

A collection of spring pots – all in purple – grace this spring table top garden.
Pretty yellow and orange pansies surround phormium in spring beds and an artful planter bowl.

Mossy mounds top oversized willow cone panters with spring bulbs planted beneath.

So there you go, I hope you are sufficiently inspired.  If you have a great display, send it over, and I would love to share it here.

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  1. Blossom says:

    very artistic especially the last three.

  2. TINE says:

    I have had the pleasure of going to Detroit Garden Works many times. I never see Deborah’s planting repeated. It is always a plesant surprise to see what she has done. The store is AMAZING, everyone should go!

  3. Inspirational.
    Thanks for linking us in.
    Have you heard of a small gardening atelier in San Francisco call Gardens Fantasia ?
    The handsome young man who owns it is truly a gifted horticultural artisan.

    His web page loads a little on the slow side, but I think you will find that it is worth the wait.

  4. louise garwood says:

    These are gorgeous!

  5. Joy Gower says:

    It would be wonderful if you can tell us the names of plants and flowers you use please. Joy in UK

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