Updated April 1, 2013
Flowers in a Container
In memory of Grant Needham 1951-2012
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
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:
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
I saved the curly
willow that was in my Uncle’s winter container arrangement. This will look good with the spring
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.
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.
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.
Have fun with ornaments. Use spring colours like
yellow, pink, purple and blue.
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.
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!