Many garden centers offer blooming plants you can combine to create beautiful spring combos like the one above. And this allows you to use plants that may not be winter hardy in your area, too. For example, if you live in USDA zones 7 or colder, these bright yellow Persian buttercups just won’t survive. But they’re ideal in containers. And like the violas, baby’s breath and English daisies in this combo, they love the cool spring weather.
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Pack in the plants
Simply purchase plants in 4- or 6-in. diameter pots, already in bud, combine them in one container and you’re set for weeks of color. This combo should last a month or more if you keep it watered and the temps stay in the 35 to 65 degrees F range.
You may find some of these plants, such as the violas and English daisies, in smaller pots or even packs. Don’t wait for them to grow. Group several seedlings close to immediately get this full look. That also makes it easy to adjust the size of this combo to fit any container.
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Container care tips
- Grow in full sun to part shade — the color holds best with afternoon shade.
- Keep soil moist but not wet and allow it to dry out between waterings.
- A water-soluble high-phosphorus fertilizer, such as 15-30-15, will help produce more flowers.
- Snip off English daisies, Persian buttercups and violas as they fade. Not only will deadheading keep the container looking good, it encourages more flowers, too.
- It’s not necessary to remove spent flowers on the baby’s breath — this plant keeps right on blooming.
Easy spring container plant list
A) Persian buttercup (Ranunculus asiaticus ‘Bloomingdale Golden Shades’)
B) Viola (Viola cornuta pendula ‘Rebelina Purple & Yellow’)
C) English daisy (Bellis perennis ‘Galaxy Rose’)
D) Baby’s breath (Gypsophila muralis ‘Gypsy White’)