By Jodi Torpey
Because spring weather is unpredictable in the Mountain region, it makes sense to wait for warmer temperatures before planting the garden. But who wants to wait to start gardening?
If you plant a few containers now, you can enjoy colorful flowers and foliage while the weather is still cool. Perfect combinations include blooming bulbs, such as hyacinths and daffodils, planted with pansies and other cool-season flowers.
For added interest plant small-size varieties of cabbage plants. The hardy foliage stands up to early-spring snowstorms, and you can transplant them into the vegetable bed when plants start to outgrow the container.
Another simple spring container idea is a delicious alternative to planting flowers and foliage. A cool-season edible container of lettuce, arugula, and kale is a new way to mix it up in the spring garden.
It’s easy to plant one of these edible containers. Sprinkle a packet of seeds over the top of a container filled with soil. Cover with a light layer of potting soil, and use a water mister to keep seeds moist. Once seeds start to sprout, switch to a watering can and start snipping leaves when they’re several inches long.
For another fun approach to spring containers, plant a fairy garden. Select a container of any size, from a small clay pot to a wheelbarrow. Fill it with soil and add a few fairy garden features. Tiny clay planters, paths, arbors, miniature garden benches, and a fairy house make for an ideal miniature garden.
Then, plant a selection of hardy, cool-season violas, also known as Johnny-jump-ups. To “attract fairies” to the garden, add small-size foliage plants, or other plants with dainty flowers.
Snapdragons, tulips, and primrose plants are other favorite cool-season flowers for container gardening. Do you have others to add to the list?
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