Idea for Spring Container Garden, plant combinations plus handy guidance on the Lowe’s plant tags and spring container planting ideas.

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 and it’s time to begin thinking about your spring container gardens and plant combinations!.

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 the morning sun. 

Spring Container Garden Ideas: container garden images, plant combinations and helpful planting ideas

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

Spring Container Garden Ideas: container garden images, plant combinations and helpful planting ideas

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…holy thriller, filler, and spiller Batman! 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.

Spring Container Garden Ideas: container garden images, plant combinations and helpful planting ideas

And let’s talk about those beautiful Coral Bells! 

Spring Container Garden Ideas: container garden images, plant combinations and helpful planting ideas

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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Prior to beginning my new spring container garden recipe, 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 container gardens 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.

Spring Container Garden Ideas: container garden images, plant combinations and helpful planting ideas

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

Spring Container Garden Ideas: container garden images, plant combinations and helpful planting ideas

We get most of our plants from our local Home Depot. They have an extensive variety of thrillers, fillers, and spillers from which to choose to create your own “recipe”.  They have a wonderful program by which you can Order Online Here and pick it up at your local store within hours or at your convenience.

Spring Container Garden

Bookmark this page or pin the following image for your future Spring Container Garden ideas.

And, don’t forget! Container gardening isn’t just for the outdoors! You can do indoor container gardens as well.

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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.

    • Nan

      March 11, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Hey Lynn great job on the container garden! Just the inspiration I needed to get planting. So enjoy your newsletter!

  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

  6. Lee Hernandez

    March 11, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for the coral bells idea. I have seeds for those. Yours turned out pretty. You may want to look up nandina. The red berries are very toxic to birds and birds are really attracted to red berries. Also I was going to ask you what growing zone you are in to compare with my 7 to8.


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