Potted plants make wonderful additions to the yard right through the year—even in winter. With a small army of pots of various sizes tucked away in the garden shed or behind the garage or barn, you can create a moveable garden of potted plants for each season. These portable gardens get their start “out back” somewhere, where they wait backstage for their grand entrance when it’s “curtain call” time for them. The key to success in these seasonal potted gardens is planning and timing. Make your plans on paper for the varieties of plants you want to display for each season, then “plant ahead” so those particular plants will be ready for display in conjunction with their season.
Think tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths for early spring. Tuck them in the bottom of pots in late winter and top them with cool season annuals such as pansies and dwarf blue irises. Pot up early-blooming perennials in the fall and they can also be stars of the spring potted garden. Consult with your local garden-center expert to learn varieties of other spring flowers that can be easily grown in pots. And don’t forget to include colorful, tasty greens—lettuces, spinach and chard—they look great in pots.
This is the big show—the main event—the perfect season for creating and exhibiting pots full of lush, colorful, show-stopping flowers. Start them early in your potting shed or basement (with grow lights). Or, purchase healthy annuals that already have a head start from your local nursery. And don’t forget to pot up some summertime-blooming perennials during the fall to participate in this chorus line.