Outdoor Spring Pots

Hope you are all having a great week! It has been so beautiful here and I took advantage of the warm temps on Tuesday to take down my winter pots and put together my spring pots. It is still another couple months before it will be warm enough here to plant summer pots and I hate to leave the pots empty - or worse, leave the winter fillers in there until May ;)  I re-use most of the same things each year, making spring pots an easy and affordable way to update your outdoor areas. I have 3 large pots on my porch and front drive that I put spring sprigs in and then a couple smaller pots that I plant pansies in. It is amazing what a difference these small changes make!

After taking out my winter fillers (birch sticks, birch balls, pine greenery), I am left with my dirt and root filled pot.

 When I take down my summer pots, I leave the roots of the larger plants in the pots - my reasoning for this is 2 fold. 1 - it keeps the pots filled and I don't have to replace that dirt until I replant another large rooted plant in the early summer and 2 - it gives some of my fillers something to "hang on" to in the pots.

When adding sprigs to a pot, keep the height of your pot in mind. Most sprigs you buy will be 3-4 feet tall. You will want your pot to be at least this tall if you plan to use entire sprig. If it is shorter, you can cut the sprig down and insert the branches or just push more of the base of the sprig deeper into the dirt.

 In selecting my sprigs, I look for a combination of textures and colors. I usually have one grouping of floral sprigs.

I also add sprigs that are slightly more basic to add more of a "backbone" to the pot.

To cover the dirt base and add texture, I add a moss. For this pot, I have a plastic spanish moss that I have used for a couple years now. This particular pot (well really, all of my pots) are in windy areas. This plastic moss seems to stay in place a little better and I like being able to pull it out of the put to add a "drapey" effect.

Begin by placing the base and spreading over all areas of the pot.

Next add the sprigs that will be in the back of the pot. 

Followed by the floral sprigs into the front.

In the past, I have added moss balls to the base, but my wind problem took care of those after a couple days :( But something to keep in mind to add some detail to yours.

For my front pots, I do the same with leaving the large roots in place.

My little helper :)  PS - Amazon boxes make great storage for sprigs!

My favorite places to shop for sprays are Target, Hobby Lobby, and my mother-in-law & mom's storage rooms ;)

Real moss is an alternative to the plastic pete moss. This is easy in that you can replace each year and it adds a nicer and more realistic texture. I recommend using this for pots you will see up close.

These pots are pretty tall and to help balance the height of the pot, I add some taller stick type sprigs in the very back.  Your tallest sprigs go in the back and shorter sprigs in the front.

I finally got my pansies planted tonight. I have a couple smaller pots in my landscaping that would not work for adding sprigs. The pansies add some pretty color to the landscaping while we wait for all the other flowers to bloom! I have added these to the base of my large pots in the past - until the moss became easier ;) 
I encourage you to update your pots this spring! It is such an easy way to update your outdoors as we wait for those summer flowers. I promise a post this summer on my summer pots!

XO, Brooke


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Hello, I am Brooke...wife + momma to 3! I love coffee, lists, and anything monogrammed. Here you will find fun things that inspire me and I hope you enjoy as well. Thanks for stopping by!! XO


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