Spring Annual Flowers for Containers!

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DSC_0435DSC_0373Be sure your container / pot is very clean to start the season. A good, stiff brush dipped in a 10% bleach solution will do the trick. This will kill off any of the nasties waiting to infect your flowers. This cleaning should take you through the season also. No need to disinfect after each season change. (Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter)

Spring flowers such as; Petunias, tulips, hyacinths, primrose, cyclamen, hydrangea, muscari, snap dragons, ranunculus, helleborus, viola, ivy and diacia are just a few cool weather choices.

Give your display a bit of height with pussy willow or forsythia branches. If cut at the right time (pretty much right before placing in display) they will also bloom, adding to the WOW factor.

These flowers will last until the weather turns hot & then it’s time to switch over to your summer display.

You don’t need to remember a bunch of annual names. The only thing you need remember for a well-presented display is: Thriller, Filler & Spiller! The Thriller is that one large plant that is generally in the center and taller than the rest. Filler are those mid-range sized plants, often of ‘fatter or fuller’ stature. Spiller is just that, plants that hang over the edge of the pot.

Here are some Spring displays from 2014 & 2013.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

20 thoughts on “Spring Annual Flowers for Containers!

  1. Very nice display of spring plants. I went to my favorite nursery today but I bought perennials for my butterfly patch. I grow no more than about 5 pots of mostly green things that live for years. I over winter them in my laundry room.

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    • Ah! I did put in my perennial order, however no planting for at least a month.. Huge sigh. Trying to be patient! I’ve had such poopy luck with over wintering anything. I’ve tried hibiscus and geranium to no avail. Well, can’t be good at everything!! 😉

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  2. Beautiful pots! If only I was in a house…I don’t think our itty-bitty apartment patio will support anything big. I’m going to file all these away in the “I can’t wait to have a house again” file.

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