To celebrate the (much-needed) arrival of spring, I treated myself to a little spree at my local Rona, and put together my planters for this year. In case you missed last year’s planter makeover extravaganza, you can catch up here. These purple-blue salvia caught my eye and the rest just came together in a whirlwind of glorious plant shopping! Beautiful container garden design is something I really strive for, and such a joy to work on! I just love having pots of gorgeous blooms on our deck or front step.
I guess Mother Nature felt guilty about jerking us around this winter, because s
pring summer arrived in all its glory this month! Now that I’ve gone and written that, I’ve probably jinxed it and we’ll get a snowstorm tomorrow.
They (whoever “they” are) are always talking about planters needing the “thriller” (the tall centre stuff), the “filler” (the frilly stuff), and the “spiller” (the stuff that spills over the sides). I made sure to cover each of those elements when choosing my plants. Here’s what I used in each planter:
2 purple-blue salvia (thriller!)
2 white impatiens (filler)
2 coral petunias (filler-spiller)
2 creeping jenny (spiller) – this can be split up, so you don’t need to buy 2 plants per planter!
I followed the same steps for putting together my planters as I did last year. Basically, I put a layer of small rocks into the bottom of each planter, then I put a thick layer of newspaper over the rocks. I partially filled each planter with earth and then placed my plants. Once I’d decided on the layout, I filled in the gaps with earth. Simple comme bonjour!
These planters just make me smile every time I look at them. I think the creeping jenny is my favourite part, though. I find its vivid green so charming combined with the dark leaves of the impatiens and salvia.
I cannot wait to get a move on the rest of my deck-or for this spring and summer! I’ve started pulling a few elements together, including filling those three-tiered Ikea planters (which housed my herbs last year). By the way, if you are looking to up the ante on your flower pots this year, I have a great, easy-to-pull-off flower pot makeover for you!
I also drove a ridiculous distance to track down some new cushions for my deck chairs. But that is a story for another day. In the meantime, I want to wish you all a beautiful long weekend. I will be spending some quality time with the people I love, celebrating my grandmother’s birthday. xo
If you are looking for more floral inspiration, you can find my portfolio HERE.
My planters were featured in the Sunday Brunch Magazine!
This post was featured on Chronically Content!
Lovely arrangement. And happy Victoria Day to you and yours.
Just beautiful. Seeing pretty flowers or anything about nature makes my day. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
that is so so pretty you house must look wonderful. Thank you for coming to ff did you have fun? Justine x
Gorgeous! I love all the contrasting colours!
We bought our house in August, and I’ve been planning my container planting for months! This is a wonderful arrangement and great inspiration
What fun! I hope it turns out well!
What a gorgeous planter arrangement! I love flowers!
Such a pretty planter. I love your mix of plants – I especially like using Creeping Jenny. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy
These look great! I worked on a new perennial garden this weekend. ( attempting a cottage garden -feel)
I love this time of year!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… 🙂
I love the arrangement, but my favorite part is the choice of colors 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays!!!
Love your arrangement and the way you explained it. I am going to have to remember the “thriller” vs “filler” when I make some planters for the front door this summer. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!
Love, love these so much. The colors are just beautiful together. One of my favorite things to do at my home too.
This is gorgeous! Thank you for breaking down so clearly!
I stopped by from Thursday Favorite Things.
What a pretty planter! I love all the flowers you chose. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. Hope to see you again next week! Tweeted!
Your planters are beautiful! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned to the Bloggers Brags Broad.
Hi Sarah! I wish my planter came out like this…I definitely am missing my green thumb. These almost look fake! Thanks for linking up on Tuesday!
Definitely NOT fake… much to my chagrin as I had to lug the planters to my cabanon yesterday evening because it was going down to 2 degrees! Stupid Canadian weather…
Your flowers are just beautiful. I’m so glad you shared with us at Merry Monday. Flowers are my favorite thing to grow in my yard, I have quite a few.
Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls
This really came out perfect, it looks like it should be on the pages of BHG! Thanks for sharing at Pin-Worthy Wednesday, pinned!
I love the coral petunias and blue/violet salvia together! So pretty!
Thank you, Emily! I’m thinking something similar for this year. 🙂
What color is the petunia? Trying to recreate & thinkIng I’ll use Bermuda Beach supertunia
Hi Katy – I don’t know the exact colour, unfortunately. I created these planters two years ago, so I have since thrown away the plant markers. But I googled the Bermuda Beach petunia and they look beautiful!