Last week I went into Anthropologie and fell in love with the planters that they have in stock this season. Is that really a surprise? Heh, nope! I picked up a few different styles that I am excited to use for arrangements this year. The pot I used here is called the Aveyron Pot and I have linked to a few others that I love below.
Needless to say, the colourful and beautiful pots inspired me to start creating with some of my favourite spring plants. I really love spring bulbs – they smell so fresh and bring such optimism for a fresh start. This sized pot worked perfectly to hold four 4″ potted bulbs. Read below for my tips to make your own spring planter.
Ok, Let’s Get Started!
I purchased four 4″ planted bulbs from my local nursery:
- 1 muscari
- 1 daffodil
- 2 hyacinth
Tulips would have also worked nicely in this mix too but I wanted to keep things simple. Due to the small size of the pot I opted to use two hyacinth instead of adding in a 4th variety.
Tips for Selecting Bulbs for Your Pot:
- Select potted plants that are early in their bloom cycle, even still all green. That way you can enjoy their entire lifecycle.
- Choose all of your plants so that they are at a similar stage in their lifecycle. That way, your planter will be cohesive as it blooms. In my outdoor garden I do the opposite – I pair plants together that bloom throughout the year so that there is long lasting interest. In a planter like this with a much shorter lifespan it is nice to be able to fully enjoy it all at once in my opinion.
- If you are using a colourful planter like me, choose plants in a colour that will compliment your pot. I went for yellow, white, and blue to match the planter.
- Once you get your plants home, make sure they are well watered before transplanting them into their new pot. Having moist soil will make them a lot easier to work with.
Planting the Pot
Start with your flowers with the biggest bulbs, in my case that was the hyacinth. I placed them in the middle because that is where the diameter of the pot is the widest. After placing the two hyacinth I had two pockets – one in front and one behind the hyacinth where I planted the daffodil in one and the muscari in the other. I placed the muscari in front because it is the shortest and the daffodil in the back because it is tallest.
The hyacinth grows from one large bulb whereas the tulips and muscari have multiple smaller bulbs for every couple of blooms. I separated the daffodils into their individual bulbs and placed them wherever there were small pockets of planting space in the planter. You can rip apart the bulbs from each other but be gentle not to damage the actual bulb and keep as much of the soil around the bulb as possible.
Moss, Moss, Moss
Once all of your plants are placed in the pot use your fingers to push the soil down to make sure that there are no large air pockets. Top up the planter with soil so that the majority of all the bulbs are covered.
Use sheet moss to cover the top of your soil. The moss gives the planter a nice complete look and it also holds in moisture so your bulbs do not dry out.
Keep your planter in a spot that will get plenty of sun. Ensure that your soil remains moist but not wet. I like to water mine just a little bit daily. This pot does not have a drain in the bottom so be cautious not to overwater.
Enjoy watching your beautiful spring bulbs bloom!
Just a few of my favourite pots from Anthropologie this season:
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