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