Idea for Spring Container Garden, plus handy guidance on the Lowe’s plant tags.

You may have your doubts, but I do believe that Spring is really just around the corner.  I know…some of you are reading this with snow on the ground or snow in the forecast and think I’m off my rocker…but I’m feeling confident on this prediction.

To that end, and maybe to give Mother Nature a hint, I planted spring container gardens for my front porch last week.

And even though our lows for the next couple of days will be quite chilly for April, my container gardens have me feeling all spring-y.

I found these plants last week at Lowe’s and discovered something I hadn’t noticed before. I don’t know if the tags have always had this guidance, but there is a little number in the upper left hand corner of the tags, in this case it’s a ‘9’. A ‘9’ indicates that the specific plant is a shade plant, needing only 1-3 hours of morning sun. 

This is so handy! By choosing only, in this case, ‘9’s, I can be assured that all the plants in my spring container garden have the exact same light requirements!

For each pot, I planted 2 Korean Rock Ferns, 1 Bressingham Coral Bells and 1 Scotch Moss.  In just the one week since they were planted, the scotch moss is already spreading out…I’m hopeful it will cascade, even it just a wee bit.

See that little bird’s nest on the right? We found it nestled in our Confederate Jasmine we when recently had to take it down. Sadly, our beautiful Confederate Jasmine fell victim to our relatively harsh winter.

And let’s talk about those beautiful Coral Bells! 

Coral Bells can be susceptible to root rot…when you plant them make sure to keep their crown above ground and free from mulch.

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I do pull out much of the potting soil from last year. I started doing that a couple of years ago after it seemed that nothing was thriving in these pots. I realized that either the soil was just tired or there was harmful bacteria or insects that had set up home in the soil.

Ever since I started replacing it, my planters do much better. I use the Miracle Grow Moisture Control Potting Soil.

I also sprinkle a good dose of Osmocote, which is a time-release fertilizer for long term benefits.

I’m pleased that the reddish pink of the Nandina carries the same the color of the Coral Bells in my Spring Container Garden.

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  1. Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows

    April 4, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    This is so pretty, Lynn! Coral Bells are a favorite of mine and I love that they come in so many variations.

  2. @Dayngr

    April 6, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Looks great! Love the idea of clustering plants with the same light requirements.

  3. Amy

    April 16, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    The Coral Bells are so pretty and dainty. They add a nice little pop of color. I have never used these, you have given me something new to look for at the garden center to add to my spring pot. Thanks!

    • lynn

      April 16, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Amy, don’t you just love those Coral Bells?! They can be a little temperamental, so don’t crowd their roots too much!

      Have a great day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  4. Michelle from Weekend Craft

    April 18, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I have such an itch to get out into the garden or to start with my window boxes. I just need Mother Nature to realize it’s spring. Love the choice of ferns!

  5. Carol Suzuki

    April 30, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Lynn – Beautiful ideas! Was curious – what do you do with your plants/flowers after their blooms are faded or done for the season? Do you transplant them into a space in your garden/yard and then add something new to your planter?

    • lynn

      April 30, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      That is exactly what I do Carol,

      I have a little space in my garden that I add perennials to. I have also dug up plant from my garden to use in my container gardens as well!

      Happy gardening my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn


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