Container Design / April 27, 2017

Spring Containers!

  Among all the plants coming to life in our gardens, Pansies become available to show their cute little faces & help us get over those Winter blues.

Pansies, branches, tools and soil get packed in my truck & trailer and end in the containers greeting people with the first signs of Spring!

Pansies are a cool season annual just perfect for our tempermental April weather.  They also smell so sweet and fresh, makes my heart sing.

 They can take the cold down to freezing & even a little snow, as much as we don’t want to see that anymore!

Along with the pansies I like to pair Curly Willow, Yellow Twig Dogwood, Pussy Willow and Fantail Willow (these are featured in the close up pics).

These Spring branches are added as a vertical accent to keep the design in porportion with the container.

I prefer to mix two to three different kinds of branches to add more color and texture to the design.

I will leave these containers planted for Spring until  just before Memorial Day when Summer annuals are available & then we start all over again!

Just for the record, I am not obligated to mention nor am I paid to endorse the following companies.  I like to praise quality products when I find them:)

This year I purchased the Yellow Dogwood, Fantail Willow some of the Pussy Willow and lovely Curly Willow from a local gentleman at Prairie Edge Nursery in Arlington, MN

All the wonderful Pansies were grown at Gertens Greenhouse in Inver Grove Heights, MN

As always, I appreciate comments!  Happy planting and don’t forget to smell the flowers:)

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