Spring planter: what composition for a beautiful flowering?

To honor the arrival of next spring and enjoy very flowery planters, you just need to create beautiful compositions by associating in each pot species that have the same needs. Nothing very complicated in short, since it suffices to choose the varieties which lend themselves to it. In this area, the choice is vast. So let’s take a look at some gardening secrets to create spring planters capable of producing abundant blooms in shimmering colors to green up the terrace, balcony, window sills and even certain small corners of the garden.

Spring flowering plants for planters

The first thing to do for create splendid compositions of spring flowering plants is to shed the spotlight on species and varieties with similar needs. The list is long and therefore leaves everyone free to express their creativity.

Here is a table made up of a selection of plants that bloom in spring, as well as the time of planting, and the main needs of each in terms of watering and exposure.

Spring flowering plant species for planter

Planting period for flowering in spring




Botanical tulip

October to December

Regular but moderate to keep the soil just moist

Sunny, sheltered from the wind


September to December

No need

Under the sun


September to December

No special need

Very sunny

Grape hyacinth

Early fall

When the substrate is dry

Even if he prefers the sun, he is able to bloom everywhere


From the beginning of September to the end of October

Very moderately and only if it is not raining

Sunny to half-shaded


September to December

Very moderately

Sun or partial shade depending on the variety

Pom-pom daisy

Transplanting in autumn of plants resulting from sowing carried out in summer

Keep the substrate moist

Full sun or light shade


From October to March (in bucket)

Not necessary if it rains every now and then

Sunny, partial shade, shade

Lobelia (annual)

In early spring


Sunny to half-shaded


In autumn or spring

Only if it’s not raining

Sunny, semi-shaded




Shade, partial shade

Anemone blanda

Beginning of autumn (but beginning of spring in harsh climate)

When the substrate is dry

Shaded (tolerates sunny exposure)


Spring or fall

Regular to keep the substrate moist



Spring fall

Once a week if it doesn’t rain

Sunny to half-shaded

Wallflower (perennial)



Under the sun


Spring (after the last frosts)


Shade, partial shade


October or March

Only if the substrate dries

Shade (or in the sun if planted in cool soil)


September or October

Exceptional in spring

Partly shaded, sunny

Just plant in the same planter the plants with the same needs to take advantage of easygoing compositions which bloom profusely in spring.

Beautiful plant associations for a blooming spring

Opting for the association of various plant species makes it possible to create the most beautiful marriages. For example, to enhance the spring bulbous plants, the pomponnette daisy is essential. Grasses are also very popular and invite themselves in spring planters. There is also nothing to prevent planting in a planter among the spring flowering plants a Mirror of the Elves or Nemesis (Nemesia) which will quickly take over after the earliest flowering since this plant begins to flower from the last days of May, i.e. at the very end of spring.

We can also combine in a large planter spring flowering plants and ornamental foliage plants. This brings volume to the composition, and some foliage is extremely decorative. We can for example insert the Euphorbia, a Carex ‘Evergold’ very graphic, a dwarf Dicentra, a Lamier … In a good size planter or in a large pot, the effect is spectacular.

Precautions to be taken when planting spring-flowering species in a planter

Regardless of the variety or species chosen, the cultivation in a planter or pot spring flowering plants involves the use of pierced bottom containers. It is also strongly recommended to place at the bottom, before the soil for flowering plants, a drainage layer gravel, shards of terracotta or expanded clay balls. This prevents the roots from bathing in water and therefore rotting.

Finally, note that all spring flowering bulbous plants can be forced if one wishes see them bloom at home for Christmas. But it will be necessary to plant others in the planters because the bulbs having flowered in winter are very likely to be completely exhausted in spring.