With the weather slowly improving as we enter April, small buds on trees and signs of greening on the ground are beginning to appear around us as a signal that spring is on its way. Here at fleurdetroit we prepare for spring by gathering tulips, hyacinths, pansies and pussy willow to welcome life back into containers—and your home or business—after the long winter.
Devise the Design
When designing a spring planter, three elements come to mind—height, color and longevity. In terms of height, spring offers us pussy willow and curly willow as great options. The silver catkins on pussy willow brighten up an entry way, and curly willow can add a sense of life through its sinuous movement. When picking spring colors, you can pick from personal preference, or you can choose based on what would complement the architecture or décor around your containers. When I design containers, I try to keep both in mind order to achieve a unique ambiance for our client’s home or business.
Though spring is often thought of as sunny days and warmer weather, the reality of spring means fluctuating temperatures over a period of about two months. We use sticks, tulips, hyacinths, pansies, and faux elements to ensure a fresh and lively look as the bulbs fade, then pansies and architectural elements—sticks and faux grass—take over until it’s time to refresh for summer.