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Ideas for Spring Container Gardens

It is still too cold in Chicago to plant spring flowers in containers outside, but that should change in the next couple of weeks. After a long winter, containers of spring flowers by the front doors of homes are a welcome and cheerful sight!

Since we live in a high-rise apartment building, I sadly don’t have any opportunities to garden. Our building hires a service that plants lovely arrangements in cast iron urns by our entrances, and they plant our small tree lawn areas with seasonal flowers. Later in the spring, the tree lawn areas will be packed with brilliant tulips.

If I had a home, I know that I would want to have planters flanking the front door—planters that would look something like those shown in the two images below:

Southern Living
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Southern Living

I like the symmetry of two matching containers—one on each side.

In the spring, I would enjoy filling the containers with beautiful spring bulbs, pansies, climbing ivy, and pussy willows and/or spring branches for height.  I am also partial to topiaries (as above) surrounded by spring flowers at the base.

Below are some lovely examples of spring container gardens. I will file the ideas away in my mind in case we ever move to a house!

via Mod Vintage Life
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Oakland Nursery

The Oakland Nursery link above has directions for how to make the exact arrangement shown in the accompanying photo.

Green Fuse Photos


Kates Garden

Aren’t these pretty?

Since I wrote this post a couple of days ago, a building on my street took advantage of a warm spell and rolled out their spring containers. They used rosemary topiaries, which are deliciously fragrant, and surrounded them with ivy and pansies. Below are a couple of photos of this arrangement.



I think spring may finally be here!

header image from Better Homes and Gardens

8 thoughts on “Ideas for Spring Container Gardens

  1. These are all beautiful! I love a planter :). I’ve had mine out since early March – but it’s super hot here already haha. I follow the thriller, spiller, filler rule for planters/hayracks and they usually turn out ok! Great post as always, Elizabeth!


  2. I love container gardens, and I’m with you and designcuessite- the hydrangeas are my favorite! I love how they give such an impact, but are much more manageable than a full flower bed!

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  3. The container gardens are gorgeous. My favorite fragrant plant is Rosemary. I can honestly say that every one you featured is my favorite! Before moving into our home, Robin and lived in an apartment and I was miserable. No grilling, my container gardens weren’t very successful and the landscaping was chosen by someone who obviously didn’t know what I liked (haha).


    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment Robin. The toughest thing about apartment living for me is not having a garden. But I imagine if I had a garden I would spend so much time in it that I wouldn’t have time left for blogging!

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