This season started off fun! I was able to go out an plant pots with my coworkers. We had beautiful weather to work in on top of it =-)
Be 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, stock, 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.
Just like autumn pots, these don’t grow any larger than they are now. So design accordingly.
© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl