Garden Therapy Notes

 A Collection of Gardening Information and Inspiration



                                                                                 Updated April 1, 2013


Spring Flowers in a Container 

In memory of Grant Needham 1951-2012


Spring Flower Container

Quick and Easy Instructions 

Do you want to create a colourful spring flower container? You’re all excited about the temperature getting a little warmer and signs of life starting to pop up. A flower container is a great way to celebrate this rejuvenating season. Join Mother Nature in adding colour to your garden.  

Hardy outdoor plants become available at garden centres mid-late April. Hardy plants suitable for this project include primrose, ranunculus, narcissi, chrysanthemum, hyacinth and pansy. Even though these plants can tolerate low temperatures be aware that they may be damaged from exposure to snow and extremely low temperatures. I recommend protecting your container by putting it close the house. It's best to purchase plants that are already acclimatized to the outdoors.  Buy plants that are displayed outside of the store.   


I decided to plant some flowers April 20 for my Uncle to beautify his front patio and put a smile on his face.  

This is what I did:


Pansies and Ranunculus for Spring container

I went to Brook Road Nursery in Guelph and was delightfully surprised to see many flowering plants for sale. I kept my selection simply and picked pansies and a ranunculus.  Water the plants before planting!!!  

I saved the curly willow that was in my Uncle’s winter container arrangement. This will look good with the spring flowers.  

 Artificial ForsythiaButterfly OrnamentsCurly Willow

I added colour in amongst the curly willow branches with artificial branches and butterfly ornaments.  You can create decorative branches using natural materials. 

My mom had some left over orchid mix and I thought it would look good on the soil for aesthetics. An orchid mix is made up of mostly bark.  


This fibre glass urn is wonderful. It’s sturdy, rust resistant and super lightweight. I plan on using this urn every season for many years. There is no hole in the bottom which means you have to be careful not to over water. 

 Adding Soil to Container

Fill the container ¾ full of potting soil. Any potting soil is appropriate for this planting project; indoor or outdoor potting soil. Outdoor potting soil mixes usually have some earth and compost mixed in. This may encourage some biological activity in the soil and benefit the plants. Make sure the bag says POTTING SOIL or CONTAINER SOIL. Garden soil, topsoil or triple mix is not appropriate.

Putting Branches InPutting In Forsythia Branchesdigging a hole

Dig a hole deep enough to cover all the roots. Pat firmly around the plant after planting. This will prevent the plant from moving and ensure the roots are in good contact with the soil for quick establishment.

adding ornaments to container

Have fun with ornaments. Use spring colours like yellow, pink, purple and blue.

watering container

My Uncle isn’t a gardener and was worried about how much water to give the plants. I had him fill a 1 L glass jar with water and pour it on the soil twice/week or when the surface felt dry.  Larger containers will need more water.  Little water is needed because it is a cooler time of the year with more rain fall.

 Spring Flower Container

I hope this spring project has inspired you to do it yourself. Have fun and let your personality shine through. Your spring flower container is just the beginning to another wonderful growing season.


Thanks for planting with me!


Happy Growing,

Trina Alix



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