I’m aiming for a dramatic splash of vibrant spring colour in my pots and containers in the early spring, as I find it looks super cheery even on the most dour day. Many of my pots are at the front of the house, along the front terrace and it’s really rewarding when the neighbours complement my colourful displays.
I bought these packets of crocus and miniature daffodils for starters over the weekend.
My Favourite Bulbs for Pots and Containers
I’ve been planting bulbs in pots and containers for as long as I can remember. Even when all we’ve had in terms of outdoor space has been a small balcony, as in this one below, I’ve always added a cluster of mixed bulbs to whatever container I’ve had to hand and been rewarded with a fabulous splash of colour.
We decked this balcony as the concrete base was unsightly and cold to look at and walk on. The decking gave it a much more mellow look. We made this simple rustic planter with a couple of pieces of timber we had spare.
Very few early flowering bulbs are as extensively planted as the crocus. I adore them and I think they’re indispensable for every garden, patio and balcony.
Along with snow drops and winter aconites, they herald the first sign of spring, adding a much-needed splash of warmth to the New Year and even if there’s snow on the ground, they still hold their own; a true reminder of the resilience of nature, and of the warmer weather to come.
Miniature daffodils are exquisite and will add much needed early spring colour to any pot or planter. I’ve also used them on rockeries we’ve had any anywhere where space is tight.
Miniature daffodils and narcissus always look incredibly cheerful and vibrant, ranging in shade from the softest buttery cream to full on canary yellows. If I can, I like to choose scented varieties that reward you with their beautiful spring like fragrance as you pass by.
In common with most spring flowering bulbs, they’re incredibly resilient and even here, on our terrace that’s often blasted with biting coastal winds throughout winter and early spring, they never shirk from their task of flowering beautifully and giving you a reminder that spring is just around the corner.
The stunning violet-blue and the crisp white colours of grape hyacinth always shout spring to me. With their glossy, almost wax like leaves and their densely packed floret like blooms, grape hyacinths look stunning when packed quite tightly into pots and containers.
Not only are they super robust, but, in common with many of the other spring bulbs I’ve discussed, they’re fantastically fragrant too.
I’ve grown them indoors, in baskets and wooden containers very similar to the one below where they’re looked stunning on the kitchen windowsill.
I’ve also planted them out in blocks of single colour, just like these lush white ones.
And paired with miniature narcissi, they are look absolutely sensational.
The common snowdrop is one of the most popular of all cultivated bulbous plants, which isn’t surprising as its flowering is traditionally seen to herald the end of winter. Whist this may be true to an extent, we all know that the reality can be quite different, and often some of the most challenging winter weather coincides with snowdrops in full bloom.
However, regardless of what the weather may be doing, who can fail to be captivated by such charming flowers? I like to use them as an edging to my pots, planting them around the rim, almost like creating a frill effect, then I usually pop some daffodils in the middle. It’s such a classic combination, and it works brilliantly.
Wow, just take a look at these hyacinths below, I really must look out for some equally as bright for a couple of my pots. As they’re so fragrant, I like to place pots of hyacinths next to the front door where you can enjoy the scent as you brush past them. Just lovely!
I love the dense clusters of flowers that hyacinths produce and when they’re fully opened, they remind me of little starfish. When you have such a showstopper of a colour like the ones below, I think they look best planted in groups, in pots without any other planting. They don’t really need any bulbs around them, as I think they look dramatic enough as a stand alone statement.
Feature Image: Thompson & Morgan