Spring planter: what composition for a beautiful flowering?

To honor the arrival of next spring and enjoy very flowery plantersall you have to do is create beautiful compositions by combining species that have the same needs in each pot. Nothing very complicated in short, since it suffices to choose the varieties which lend themselves to it. In this area, the choice is vast. So let’s look at some gardening secrets for creating spring planters capable of producing abundant blooms in shimmering colors to green terraces, balconies, window sills and even certain little corners of the garden.

Spring-Blooming Plants for Window Boxes

The first thing to do for create splendid compositions of spring-flowering plants is to shine a spotlight on species and varieties with similar needs. The list is long and therefore leaves everyone plenty of time to express their creativity.

Here is a table consisting of a selection of plants that bloom in springas well as the time of planting, and the main needs of each in terms of watering and exposure.

Spring flowering plant species for planter

Planting time for spring flowering




botanical tulip

October to December

Regular but moderate to keep the soil just moist

Sunny, sheltered from the wind


September to December

No need

Under the sun


September to December

No special need

Very sunny


At the beginning of autumn

When the substrate is dry

Although it prefers the sun, it is able to bloom anywhere


From the beginning of September to the end of October

Very moderately and only if it is not raining

Sunny to semi-shaded


September to December

very moderately

Sun or partial shade depending on the variety

Pomponette daisy

Transplanting in autumn of seedlings resulting from sowing carried out in summer

Keep the substrate moist

Full sun or light shade


From October to March (in bucket)

Not necessary if it rains occasionally

Sunny, partial shade, shade

Lobelia (annual)

In early spring


Sunny to semi-shaded


In fall or spring

Only if it’s not raining

Sunny, semi-shaded




Shadows, me-shadows

Anemone blanda

Early fall (but early spring in harsh climates)

When the substrate is dry

Shaded (tolerates sunny exposures)


spring or fall

Regular to keep the substrate moist



Spring fall

1 time per week if it is not raining

Sunny to semi-shaded

Wallflower (perennial)



Under the sun


Spring (after the last frosts)


Shadows, me-shadows


October or March

Only if the substrate dries

Shade (or in the sun if planted in cool soil)


September or October

Exceptional in spring

Partially shaded, sunny

Just plant in the same planter them plants with the same needs to take advantage of easy-going compositions which bloom profusely in the spring.

The beautiful plant associations for a flowery spring

Opting for the association of various plant species makes it possible to create the most beautiful marriages. For example, to enhance spring bulbs, the pomponnette daisy is essential. Grasses are also very fashionable and are making their way into spring planters. There is also nothing to prevent planting in a planter in the middle of spring-flowering plants a Mirror of the Elves or Nemesia (Nemesia) which will quickly take over after the flowering of the earliest ones since this plant begins to flower from the last days of May, i.e. at the very end of spring.

You can also associate in a large planter with spring-flowering plants and ornamental foliage plants. This brings volume to the composition, and some foliage is extremely decorative. For example, we can insert Euphorbia, a Carex ‘Evergold’ very graphic, a dwarf Dicentra, a Lamier… In a good-sized planter or in a large pot, the effect is spectacular.

Precautions to take when planting spring-flowering species in a window box

Regardless of the variety or species chosen, the garden or pot culture spring-flowering plants involves the use of pierced bottom containers. It is also strongly recommended to place at the bottom, before the soil for flowering plants, a drainage layer gravel, terracotta shards or expanded clay balls. This prevents the roots from bathing in water and therefore rotting.

Finally, note that all spring-flowering bulbous plants can be forced if desired. see them bloom at home for Christmas. But it will be necessary to plant others in the planters because the bulbs that flowered in winter are likely to be completely exhausted in the spring.

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