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Transition Your Container Garden From Winter To Spring

Ideas To Transition Your Container Garden From Winter To Spring

The transition from winter to spring happens a little different depending on where you live. Read on to see ideas to transition your container garden from winter to spring.

In January the grocery store had tulips and daffodils already stocked. Both are grown locally here in Washington in an area called the Skagit Valley.

The climate here is considered mild. However, when I moved from Southern California, I thought I might as well be in the tundra! It really is mild though, especially when compared to East Coast.

In January I had posted the photo below on Instagram and people in Midwest and East Coast commented that they wouldn’t be able to leave these plants out on their stoops due to snowfall. So use this post based on what winter means for your location!

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, there are a few tips that can help you optimize your container garden for spring and get it ready for the upcoming growing season.

Ideas To Transition Your Container Garden From Winter To Spring

1. Plan your garden.

container garden on porch
My porch in January.

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Before planting anything, take some time to plan your garden. Consider the amount of sunlight your plants will receive, and choose plants that are appropriate for the amount of light available. You’ll also want to consider the size of your containers and choose plants that will fit comfortably. By planning your garden in advance, you’ll have a clear idea of what you need to buy and how to arrange your plants.

To choose plants I follow what I call the three F’s- foundation, fullness, and focal. Not only are the pots different sizes, so are the plants. But first….

2. Gather pots.

Pots of varying sizes

The second step in transitioning your container garden is to assess the condition of your containers. Check for any cracks or damage that may have occurred during the winter. Replace any damaged containers to ensure your plants have a healthy growing environment.

These pots were gifted via and are no longer available. Don’t worry, I linked other great options at the end of this post!

3. Purchase A Mix Of Plants.

Group of plants for spring refresh

After buying the tulips and daffodils I went to my favorite local nursery, City People’s to find what I call the three F’s- foundation, fullness plants to make the flowers stand out.

Foundation plants can be small trees, shrubs, and grasses. Picking plants that you can use in other areas of your yard is a great way to continue enjoying plants. I couldn’t pass up the white primrose; the yellow center ties into the daffodil.

Money saving tip: Save plants from previous seasons that still look healthy. For instance, my evergreen plants from winter are hardy and still thriving, therefore I keep those to serve as a foundation plant.

What can I put in my planters early spring?

When choosing plants for your container garden, it’s important to choose plants that are appropriate for the spring season. Look for plants that can handle cooler temperatures and are well-suited to the specific growing conditions in your area. Some great spring container plants include pansies, primroses, and tulips.

See below for the plants I chose.

Drooping leucothoe

Drooping Leucothoe– I love evergreen plants that offer fullness. The red tones in this one are great because it matches the cordilyne I already had in the tall planter. When this grows, it can be shaped as a hedge or ground cover.

Sweet box shrub for container garden

Sweet Box– this plant is so fragrant and it is evergreen. It won’t grow terribly tall, so it is a good choice when you want to preserve a view or layer.

Grass red hook sedge for container garden

Red Hook Sedge– I chose this grass to match the cordilyne and the leucothoe.

Evergreen plant for container garden

Lemon Cypress– the green is so vibrant!

4. Refresh the soil.

Winter weather can take a toll on soil, leaving it compacted and depleted of nutrients. To give your plants a healthy start, refresh the soil in your containers. Remove any old soil, and replace it with fresh, nutrient-rich soil. This will ensure that your plants have the necessary nutrients to grow healthy and strong.

Container garden spring

The colorful flowers are my focal point!

Double Harmony Anemone– these come in a variety of colors. The cheerful pink replaces the cordilyne that didn’t last through winter and looks so pretty in the tall planter.

5. Water regularly.

container garden spring refresh
Mini Daffodil– I chose three to add a colorful punch to my arrangement.

Once you’ve planted your container garden, it’s important to water your plants regularly. Spring weather can be unpredictable, and your plants may not receive enough water from rainfall alone. Water your plants when the soil feels dry to the touch, and be sure to use a watering can or hose attachment that delivers water directly to the soil, rather than the leaves.

6. Fertilize as needed.

Ideas To Transition Your Container Garden From Winter To Spring

To help your plants grow healthy and strong, fertilize them as needed. You can use a slow-release fertilizer or a liquid fertilizer, depending on your preferences. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, as over-fertilizing can be harmful to your plants.

For a nod to the season, add a garden statue. Statues remind me of my great great aunties I would visit as a child. They had wild gardens with old bathtubs filled with plants, nasturtiums growing over arbors, and little statues sprinkled around. One auntie had a loquat tree and I would pick the fruit and eat it right there in the yard. I wish I had photos of their secret gardens.

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Or tips to pot succulents.

Outdoor Pots To Freshen Your Space

Some of these options are made in two or more sizes, perfect for clustering on a porch or patio. Click on the images below to shop!

Things To Consider- Transition Your Container Garden From Winter To Spring

What is my garden zone?

You can easily find this with your favorite search engine πŸ™‚ Your local nursery will usually have plants that are meant for your zone.

How much light will the plants receive?

Where will you place the plants? Check the plant tags to make sure it will do well with the light conditions at your home. Notice where the plants are at the nursery. Are they in the shade section under tarp covers or in the bright open.

How hardy is a plant?

The plant tags have so much information, including the lowest temperature it can withstand. If a tag is missing, but you have the name, you can always look it up online.

What are the best plants for outdoor containers?

Not all plants want to be confined to a pot. The handy dandy tag will say something like “for use in containers and borders”.

When in doubt, ask the nursery employees for recommendations. They should be able to tell you which plants like to be outside, but under cover and other details.

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Ideas To Transition Your Container Garden From Winter To Spring

Drop me a line in the comments to let me know how your spring is going.

27 thoughts on “Transition Your Container Garden From Winter To Spring”

  1. Looks like you got a good start with your spring garden. I group all of my plants together over winter. Makes it easier to cover. Some of mine are sprouting back up after our abnormal long freeze here in Texas. Not sure if they will all pull through, but waiting to see what I need to replace. Did get my seedlings started for my garden though.

  2. Love you choice of plants! Your Spring display looks lovely. We just had some gorgeous spring weather and I filled up some containers outside our front door. Then we got another cold spell and more snow! Can’t wait for it to disappear so I can decorate again!

  3. Our garden is all over the place. We have pots everywhere. It helps since we live in s dry desert climate, potted plants survive more and conserve water. Just have to remind to water. You garden is going to be so pretty and I love the little bunny.

    1. Thank you for reading! I love the look of container gardens. When I lived in Southern California I did a lot of pots with succulents. 😊 Thanks for your sweet comment.

  4. I totally have no green thumb! HA! But I do love to read about plants and wish I was good enough to keep them alive ….

  5. My pots are looking like they need to transition from summer to autumn but I’m always so sad about removing the plants as they still have some flowers. Great job.

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  7. Love all your plant choices! And, I answered my own questions (on your next post) … the flower I was curious about is Double Harmony Anemone. I’m in search of it now … so pretty! xo

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