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