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 how I made my winter container garden ready for spring.

My porch in January.

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 above 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.

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Gather pots

These pots were gifted via Potey.com and I decided to use them on the porch. I thought they would look nice grouped around the tall planter that I already had. They fit just right on my small porch.

Purchase A Mix Of Plants

After buying the tulips and daffodils I went to my favorite local nursery City People’s to find some foundation plants to make the flowers stand out. Foundation plants can be small trees, shrubs, and grasses. I picked plants that I would like to see in my garden, should I decide to plant them later. I couldn’t pass up the white primrose; the yellow center ties into the daffodil.

Plant Examples

Drooping Leucothoe– I love evergreen plants. 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– 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.

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

Lemon Cypress– sometimes this plant appears to lime color to me. But mixed with the rest of the plants I think it works well.

Add Spring Annuals

Double Harmony Anemone– these come in a variety of colors. I chose the cheerful pink to replace the cordilyne that didn’t last. I kept all the evergreen plants that I had purchased in the winter. I even have two mums from fall that I keep because they are full and green.

Mini Daffodil– I chose three to add a colorful punch to my arrangement.

Add A Bunny!

This step isn’t totally necessary, but it is my nod to Easter. Garden 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. When I bought this little bunny at Target from their Bull’s eye section (is that what it is called now?) I thought of those ladies.

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Things To Consider When Choosing Plants

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.

Thank You For Reading!

Pin the image above to save this article for later! Drop me a line in the comments to let me know how your spring is going.

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Hi I'm Marie! I started an Instagram account to document our relocation and renovation. I realized that I had more to say than would fit in an IG caption, so I started this blog! We are currently living in a 1929 Tudor in Seattle; hubby (makes the projects happen), our kiddo & our kitty. If you like old homes, vintage home decor, and DIY this site is for you. Hope you enjoy!

27 thoughts on “Ideas To 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.

    1. Thanks Linda. Oh gosh that storm! We had one small snow fall and all of these plants pulled through, except the primrose petals got a bit yellow. Happy spring!

  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.

  6. 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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