The sun is out, trees are blooming and early tulips and daffodils are poking through the ground and bursting into bloom. It’s time to sweep the winter dirt off the front porch, drag your porch containers out of storage and plant them with bright-colored spring blooms. Nothing brightens up your front door or welcomes visitors better than a cheery pot of colorful spring flowers. Green Circle Growers has a wonderful selection of bright spring blossoms that are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Before planting, you’ll want to refresh the soil in your porch containers. Last year’s plants will have used many of the natural nutrients in the soil, and these will need to be replaced to ensure that this year’s plants will thrive. Many people simply choose to dump out old soil and replace it with new potting mix. If you do, there’s no need to throw it out. Recycle the soil by spreading it out and mixing it in with the soil in the back of a garden bed. To reuse potting soil, dump the pot onto a tarp and mix in fresh potting mix along with a slow release fertilizer. Mix well before replacing the mixture in your porch containers.
Now you’re ready to plant some spring blooms. Choose plants that are cold weather hardy. Daytime temperatures are rising, but it’s still cold at night and a late April snow is still possible. Blooming spring bulbs like Tulips and Daffodils (Narcissus) are spring-hardy and make brilliant displays either massed in a single color or mixed in porch containers. Pansies (Viola Wittrockiana) with their bright multi-colored faces are another early spring favorite for container displays.
You’ll find many wonderful container plants produced by GCG that are perfect for cheerful spring displays.