container gardensHow better to celebrate springtime than with Easter container gardens bursting with color and life?

Evergreen Nursery plants and sells many gorgeous container gardens each year. You’re also welcome to come up with your own combinations; we’ll put them together for you. We offer a great selection of pots – ceramic, terra cotta, cement and more. Other ideas for planters include found objects such as rusty old wheelbarrows.

We also have a workshop scheduled for March 19 at 1 pm: “Creating a Container Arrangement.”

If you’re new to gardening, container gardens are a great place to start. You can grow vegetables and even fruit trees in containers. However, they shine best as year-round landscape accents, cheering a porch or flanking an entranceway with embracing color – and scent, should you so desire.

Even beauty and scent must take a back seat to hardiness when filling seasonal containers. While the air is warming and daylight is increasing, it’s still cool and dicey as to what kind of weather still lies ahead.

Let Evergreen Nursery’s friendly, knowledgeable staff help guide you with plant selection and everything else you should know to create extravagant, eye-catching containers. They can have a big impact with little effort and may be designed for any time of year.

Deeply colored, intoxicatingly scented petunias and sweet potato vine with its bright lime green foliage thrive in the dog days of summer but aren’t ready for early spring plantings. You’d use a different set of plants for a red, white and blue Fourth of July explosion than you would a in fall-winter arrangement.

 

Thrills, chills & spills: The drama of container gardens

Along with the other factors, take into account a plant’s growth habit. For a balanced, artistic combination you want to look for three types of plants often referred to as Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers.

You may a select a striking stand of purple feather grass or a tall Spanish lavender plant for your ‘thriller.’ ‘Fillers’ should be upright but not too tall, filling in volume without spilling down the sides. Look for plants with trailing habits as your ‘spillers.’ Here are some ingredients for luscious spring containers.

 

Thrillers

red-fountain-grass

Red fountain grass

Begonias (e.g., tall red varieties)

Cannas (dramatic tropical color and foliage)

Coleus (larger varieties)

Fuchsia

New Zealand flax (Phormium)

Ornamental grasses (many to choose from)

Salvias (tall varieties)

Taro (Elephant’s ear; Colocasia esculenta)

Yucca

 

Spillers

Calibrachoa

Calibrachoa

Alyssum

Asarina (trailing snapdragon)

Bacopa

Bidens ferulifolia

Brachyscome iberidifolia (Swan River daisy)

Calibrachoa (trailing varieties)

Coleus

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia)

Geraniums

Helichrysum petiolare (Licorice plant)

Iberia

Ivy geranium

Pratia (Includes blue star creeper)

Lobelia (Trailing)

Nasturtium (Tropaeoleum; trailing)

Plectranthus argentatus

Scaevola

Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batata)

Verbena

 

Fillers

coleus

Coleus

Angelonia

Begonias

Bidens ferulifolia

Spring-flowering bulbs (Daffodil, tulip, muscari, hyacinth)

Calibrachoa (upright varieties)

Coleus (brilliantly colored leaves)

Dusty miller (Centaurea cineraria)

Euphorbia (certain species)

Fairy fan-flower (Scaevola aemula)

Heliotrope

Lantanas (Lantana camara)

Lavender

Lobelia (upright varieties)

Lysimachia

Pansies

Primroses

Rosemary

Salvia

Sedums (many varieties, including spillers)