Creative Spring Garden Pots and Planters

Clay Pot Pansies

It’s finally spring, and I’m eager to say so long to cold and dreary winter and hello to warmer, brighter, springier days and the colorful flowers they bring. Daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, and tulips already are out here, but if, like me, you can’t wait for your flowerbeds to break out in blooms, you can put your green thumb to work with some creative spring garden pots and planters. First we’ll look at some great containers and then share some beautiful planters, many of which you can duplicate at home.

Creative Containers

You can plant flowers and bulbs in many types of pots, from classic terra-cotta, available in most home improvement stores and easy to paint to just the right color, to more elaborate containers made of ceramic, metal, or even wood.

This large terra-cotta pot holds a variety of brightly colored tulips, perfect for an easy seasonal container garden.

Potted Tulips

via Gardeners’ World

Another terra-cotta pot, this one aged a bit for some rustic charm, is a lovely pared with pansies.

Terra-Cotta Pansies

via Vibeke Design

This terra-cotta pot has been lightly whitewashed, and a second pot has been added to hold a candle. The sweet alyssum planted around the candle make it a sweet and simple centerpiece.

Sweet Alyssum Candle Centerpiece

via Hearth and Vine

These dainty little clay pots are perfect for a single pansy plant. (How adorable would these be as teacher or neighbor gifts?)

Clay Pot Pansies

via Florist in the Forest

Clay and terra-cotta pots are so easy to dress up. Here, chalk paint and some stamped letters transform plain pots into a farmhouse-inspired container herb garden.

Chalk-Painted Herb Pots

via Rustic and Woven

To give new terra-cotta pots an aged look, spray- or brush-paint them and when the paint is dry, sand the pots in a few spots to distress the finish.

Aged Pots

via Décor de Provence

This pretty pot, which looks like slate, is a lovely match for little purple violas. The simple jute bow is a nice touch, too.


via Tumblr user flowersgardenkitchen

Baskets, boxes, buckets, jars—you can tuck plants and bulbs into just about any container.

Bulb Containers

via Offseason Gardening

How sweet is this little old bucket full of white crocuses?

Bucket of Crocuses

via Hwit Blogg

This vintage wooden crate holds a beautiful variety of colorful spring flowers.

Wooden Crate Arrangement

via Gardening Prof

Gorgeous Groupings

With planters, you can get really creative and play with different colors, textures, sizes, and scales of plants to create stunning combinations.

It doesn’t take a lot to assemble a pretty planter. Here, pansies, creeping jenny, and maybe a geranium are nestled in a large terra-cotta pot.

Purple Pansies and Creeping Jenny

via Dirt Simple

Or you can plant quite a mix of plants, like dusty miller, snapdragons, sedum, dianthus, petunias, and more.

Porch Planters

via Carmen Johnston Gardens

For an easy planter combination, plant hostas in your pots. If they’re protected enough during the winter, they’ll return in the spring/summer, ready for whatever else you want to tuck in with them.

Potted Hostas

via Ottawa Garden Design

In this bright and cheery pot, snapdragons, sweet potato vine, and supertunias have been combined.

Snapdragons, Sweet Potato Vine, Supertunias

via Proven Winners

Petunias and sweet potato vine explode from this large pot. The spike plant offers height to contrast the lower-growing plants.

Petunias and Sweet Potato Vine

via Alamodeus

This planter features purple fountain grass, sweet potato vine, and lavender lantana. So pretty!

Fountain Grass, Sweet Potato Vine, Lantana

via Houzz

Here’s another great grass inclusion. I love the pop of color the orange daisies bring to the otherwise-green grouping.

Gerbers, Grass, and More

via The Columbus Dispatch

Herbs can be included, too, as in this rosemary and verbena mix. The verbena grows out and about while the rosemary grows tall—and probably smells wonderful!

Rosemary and Verbena

via Pinterest

If you don’t want to have a combination of flowers, a single blooming bush can make a big statement, as this sunny forsythia bush does.

Potted Forsythia

via Dirt Simple

This container bush isn’t a bloomer, but it’s still colorful, thanks to the blueberries growing on it. Yes, it’s a blueberry bush! For a container planting, opt for a dwarf variety.

Container Blueberry Bush

via Urban Gardening Ideas

If you’re inspired to assemble some of your own planters, either with multiple kinds of plants or a single spring-blooming bush, this illustration offers pointers on preparing your container.

Container Gardening Tips

via The Spruce

What better way to welcome spring than by planting flowers, either in smaller pots or larger planter groupings!

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About Christy Wagner

Hi! I'm Christy, an editor and writer. My husband, Keith, and I live in Fishers, Indiana, where I enjoy reading, writing, crocheting, quilting, embroidering, pouring candles, gardening, baking, and just about anything else creative. I'm so excited to be teaming up with Cyndy and sharing some fun ideas on The Creativity Exchange!
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