Pro Tips for Designing Spring Annual Containers

Spring Container

Although there’s still a chill in the air, I’m all giddy to start planting my Spring annual containers! Here are some basic tips to make your Spring annual season pots wonderful.

Before I get into the DIY tips here, If you’re NOT a DIYer, contact me to quote having your seasonal containers installed.

I’m also offering to deliver everything you need to complete your pot yourself! To help lessen exposure during this time of physical distancing, I can deliver your soil, plants and anything else you need to plant your own containers. Remember, I can get a wider selection of flowers than any big box or local nursery.

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 Annuals that love the cool weather:

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.

PRO TIP: Well watered containers allow plants to live through a nightly frost. However if you need to cover it, use a natural fabric, not plastic!!

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.

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What annuals are good for spring pots?

Spring Annuals that love the cool weather:
Petunias
Tulips
Hyacinths
Primrose
Cyclamen
Hydrangea
Muscari
Snap Dragons
Ranunculus
Helleborus
Viola
Ivy
Diascia
Spring Container

How Do you design a Spring Pot?

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.

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12 thoughts on “Pro Tips for Designing Spring Annual Containers

    1. I wish you the best finding some Springy Flowers!!
      So far, my wholesale nurseries are open, but I’ve not checked with public nurseries. It’s still a bit early to be putting flowers out, so there’s still time for things to change.

  1. The moment I read your title – Containers – I’m thinking, Thriller, Spiller, Filler! haha 😀 Yeah, I know the order is wrong, but Hey – I got it! – You have taught me well!
    I love your beautifully arranged, colourful containers. 😀

      1. Coronavirus is just hitting SA – We are going into countrywide lock-down on Thursday night. 🙁
        But I have planned things to do in my garden to keep busy. 🙂
        Keep well yourself. 🙂

      2. Everyday is a new adventure, nowadays! Stay safe.
        I’ll be interested in how it fairs over there. Many sciencey folks over here think the heat will die it down. Clearly, if it gets around your neck of the woods, heat will not stop it. =-(

    1. Yas! Since my state is not technically on lock-down, even though technically, all non essential folks should be home… However, my wholesalers don’t see the public and have gone down to 1 person @ a time in office. I can and will deliver flowers to folks. No contact needed, I’ll drop @ driveway! Too bad you’re not closer =-(

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