Refresh Your Outdoor Planters for Early Spring

Refreshed for spring: planter with pansies, sumach seed heads, and evergreens

Refreshed for spring: planter with pansies, sumach seed heads, and evergreens

Spring is finally here, at least, that’s what the calendar says, if not the thermometer. These bright, sunny days cast a bright light on all of our sad-looking outdoor winter planters. Bursting out of the garden centre are pansies, potted daffodils, hyacinths, all ready to take centre stage at your front door. But don’t make the mistake of discarding everything in your winter planter. It’s thrifty to re-use any plant material that’s still perky. Toss anything brown of course, (and that ornamental cabbage has definitely stayed too long at the party) but keep any material that can make the transition from winter to spring. Boxwood, twigs, grapevines, sumach branches, and any evergreen that’s still fresh-looking can add some texture, and fill out some space in your planter. It always seems like no matter how many pansies you buy, there are never enough. I know I’m going to have to make a second trip to fill in some blank spaces later. In the meantime, a spruced-up spring planter is a welcome and (almost) instant sign of life and colour in the garden again. Since it will be a couple of weeks before the bulbs in the garden appear, spring planters bursting with blooms can really give you a lift.

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