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DIY Seasonal Annual Container Tips

DIY Seasonal Annual Container Tips

What to Plant for Spring

Since trees haven’t leafed out in April, you don’t need to worry quite so much about the shade factor. This planting is temporary and only meant to be around for 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Spring-flowering Bulbs, Pansies, and Primulas are great choices for spring.
  • Purchase potted bulbs in early April and transfer them to your container(s).
  • Select Daffodils and/or Tulips for height, surround them with Hyacinths (fragrance) and/or Dwarf Daffodils, and then edge the pot with Crocus, Dwarf Reticulated Iris, Pansies, Violas, or Primulas.
  • Variegated English Ivy has interesting foliage that can be added to spring planters.

What to Plant for Summer

  • Select plant material specifically for sun, partial shade, or full shade depending on where each container is going to be placed.
  • Use taller plants to create a focal point at the back if the pot is placed against a vertical surface such as a wall or lattice.
  • If the planter is in the open, put the taller plants in the center.
  • Focal point plants for sunny conditions (6 hours of direct sunlight or more):
    • Geraniums
    • Purple Fountain Grass
    • Gerbera Daisy
    • Nicotiana
    • Sunshine Impatiens
    • Lantana
    • Marguerite Daisy
    • Blue Victoria Salvia
  • Edging and trailing plants:
    • Petunias
    • Trailing Verbena
    • Million Bells
    • Ivy Geranium
    • Lotus Vine
    • Alyssum
    • Sanvitalia
    • Bacopa
    • Bidens
    • Licorice Vine
    • Blackie and Lime Sweet Potato Vine
    • Swan River and Dahlberg Daisy
    • Diascia
    • Ivy
  • Partial shade:
    • Impatiens
    • Fibrous Begonias
    • Fuchsia
    • Calla Lily
    • Lobelia
    • Fan Flower
    • Ivy
    • Lysimachia
  • Full shade – concentrate on pale colours, especially white, that will jump out from a dark background:
    • Non-stop and Angel-wing Begonias
    • Coleus
    • Browallia
    • Caladium
    • Torenia
  • Vines can be grown in pots as long as support is provided. Therefore, use a trellis, tripod, or decorative obelisk placed right in the container. Annuals such as:
    • Morning Glory
    • Moon Vine
    • Sweet Pea
    • Cup-and-Saucer Vine
    • Nasturtium
    • Scarlet Runner Bean
  • Use a flowering standard to achieve a vertical effect. A Tree Rose, Tropical Hibiscus, Fuchsia, Lantana, or Daisy that can be under-planted with either flowering (Bacopa) or foliage (Ivy) annuals.

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What to Plant for Fall

  • Flowering Cabbage and Kale, Asters, and Chrysanthemums are all frost-tolerant annuals for fall.

What to Arrange For Winter

  • Use frost proof containers to arrange branches before the soil freezes.
    • Pine
    • Juniper
    • Cedar
    • Spruce
    • Hemlock
    • Spruce
    • Yellowtwig Dogwood
    • Winterberry
    • Curly Willow
  • Pine cones at the edge of the pot work well to fill in gaps.
  • Add white mini-lights as the weather turns colder and everything is frozen firmly in place.