Before adding plants to an existing planted container, you may need to remove last season’s color if the plants have declined. Remove any unwanted plants and some of the compacted soil, and add a handful of fresh potting soil. Watch for aphids or other signs of pests at this time and treat or remove any infected plants.
A slow release, organic fertilizer (Dr. Earth All Purpose or Life) may be added, either at planting or, for existing containers, as the weather warms and there are signs of new growth on the plants.
Look for these great gems to create a new spring container or refresh an existing pot:
A focal plant can add texture and color, and be the anchor that other plants can complement.
- Cupressus 'Wilma Goldcrest'
- Deciduous shrubs with interesting bark, buds, or flowers such as Forsythia, Chaenomeles, Corylopsis, and Blueberries
Include early-blooming perennials and small shrubs for structure and texture.
Some pretty and fun choices are blooming potted bulbs, which are the bellwethers of spring.
Hardy Annual Flowers
These flowering annuals are cold hardy, perfect for chilly spring weather.
- Sweet Alyssum
- Primula obconica
The bright green foliage of certain evergreen plants goes with everything and adds texture and the striking hue of spring to your containers.
- Selaginella (Spike moss)
- Evergreen ferns
- Evergreen grasses such as Carex 'Everillo' and Liriope muscari
Whichever plants you choose, adding bright color and striking foliage to your pots is refreshing, and an exciting way to announce spring!