As the days draw out and the weather turns a little more clement, this is the perfect time to create a lovely spring container to bring a splash of colour to patios, terraces, balconies and windowsills. Here are a few favourites to give you inspiration.
Golden daffodils, heavily scented hyacinths and colourful tulips make ideal container plants. Try teaming them with small evergreens to create structure and interest. Go for a mix of bulbs for a colourful look, or fill a pot with one type for a solid block of spring colour. Adding hardy bedding plants, such as violas, will bring interesting contrast.
For year round interest, plant a large permanent container, such a Belfast sink or galvanised bathtub, with a mix of colourful foliage plants. Japanese acers work well, as do bleeding heart, variegated ivy and tiarellas. Combining height with trailing plants will result in a container that looks great all year round. Grasses and foliage can bring just as much beauty and interest to containers as flowering plants do, so try and combine the two.
Pretty boxes full of flowers can transform your windowsills, and plants that are nectar-rich and heavily scented will be a haven for bees and butterflies, as well bringing some spring cheer into your room. Choose grape hyacinths and pansies for colour and scent, and plant around a central stipa. Any light breeze will bring soft movement to the gently swaying grass.