- Written by Betty
Gardeners are relying more and more on planters to provide gardening space and colour in our modern, smaller outdoor spaces. There has been a lot posted online about incorporating year long interest into our gardens, but less on how to do so with pots.
My goal is to have my most prominent pots provide all year or close to all year interest. In early December I used cut branches and boughs accented with red bows and baubles to be part of my Christmas decorating. Rather than dismantling them completely in January I just removed the Christmas decorations and kept them intact as winter interest.
In early March they were starting to look sad. I removed the boughs. Then I used prunings from my blueberry bushes for height and added potted Tete a Tete miniature daffodils. Right now 4 inch pots of spring flowering bulbs are available at garden centres and most big box stores. The pots of daffodils can vary in price, I have seen them from $2.50 to $4 per pot. I have planted five pots into each planter and now my planters are looking very colourful.
An added bonus is that I will pull these daffodils out when they are finished blooming. I will keep them in a corner of the garden and will plant them around the garden next October for blooms next year!
My next step will be to put early summer flowering annuals in the pots when the daffodils are done, followed by some fall colour with chrysanthemums and dahlias. Thanks to Judy and Paul for the antique egg pot.