When you arrive ready to switch out an installation and it screams, “don’t you dare come near me!” you listen. I’ll come back in a week when they’re a little less feisty!
SWIPE to see what they looked like when they were first planted and at the middle of the season. This is what I always say about spring, “make sure it looks beautiful when it’s first planted before the bulbs blossom. This is how you know it will be equally beautiful when you pull the bulbs out after they have passed”.
Beginning of the fourth quarter and a whole new ballgame!
3/4 of the way through spring and these 6 boxes are almost unrecognizable from the first quarter. The nemesia and osteospermum here were still in bud at the beginning of the season but have been crushing it in the second half! Let’s go Celtics! 🌸🍀
When you choose a plant as much for it’s flower as it’s foliage how can you not?! 🤷🏻♀️ This is what makes hellebore my champion spring plant. It’s as beautiful as the earliest of spring plants as it is late in the season. And the best part… at the end of the season you can plant it in your garden! There are four of these containers on the most beautiful front deck of this stunning home on a hill. So fun to plant! 💜💚
Channeling everything I love about spring as it is going to 32° tonight in Boston! 🌸🥶🤦🏻♀️🧘🏻♀️
I’ve said it over and over, “My favorite thing about spring containers is the gorgeous evolution“. These containers have been performing all season at the front and side entrances to the beautiful @myelitemedspa in Needham. Swipe to the last photo for what they looked like when they were first planted. And please send warm flower thoughts to Boston! 🌸☀️🏝
Hard to choose which is more beautiful, the flower or the foliage! 🍃🌸
This is why I call them, HELLA- bore”! One of my favorite Spring centerpieces is the hellebore leaf. So extraordinarily sculptural and with the stunning magenta vein and speckled pattern 🌿💓. When these tulips are done the hellebore foliage will be the centerpiece. I love planting these two sweet boxes at the entrance to this stunning hilltop home. They’re as beautiful walking up the steps to the entrance as from the front door looking down on them.
An ocean inspired urn for a stunning New England seaside town.
For this gorgeous antique urn I used coastal tones. Loving the wave-like texture of the amazing senecio “angel wings”. This urn is 4 feet in diameter, with five hydrangea shrubs alone. Such a blast to plant!
Recipe: hydrangea, senecio, French lavender, compact stock, osteospermum, pansy, lamium, fern and ivy.
SWIPE to see how pretty they were when they were first planted. There’s something so beautiful about Spring planters even in bud. if your Spring planters are beautiful before the bulbs blossom they will be beautiful afterward. This is another example of a simple switch out of the early blooming hyacinth. Here, I replaced with a purple osteospermum. Hyacinth is so beautiful in bud, blossom and fragrance, I just have to plant it. I use it sparingly and make sure to pluck it out when it is done or replace.
I love weaving hellebore and hydrangea together. The chartreuse green bracket that the hellebore leaves after it flowers is also so beautiful and amazing with the bluish purple hydrangeas. The hydrangea branches serve as the perfect “cage” “to keep the hellebore blossoms upright. This client actually thought the hellebore and hydrangea were the same shrub. Proportion is everything. 💜💚
And when the lemon yellow snapdragons blossom…..!!
They are just getting started, I can’t wait for them to fill out. There are two of these antique urns on either end of the circular driveway. I love hyacinth when they are in bud and when they bloom for their vibrant color and fragrancy (especially love this “Miss Saigon”). They are an inexpensive bulb that don’t take up a lot of soil space. When they are done I gently pluck them out and pop in another plant in the same color. Just 3 hyacinth in each urn so super easy.
My mothers best friend who was my best friend’s mother passed away two days ago. I found out last night and I did these two today in her honor. Alice Walton was full of kindness, happiness, humor, beauty and love (and a fabulous gardener). A special new angel in heaven.💓😇🌷
There are tulips, white daffodils, light blue muscari and full color hydrangea blossoms to come.
JUST WAIT for the spring surprises! In between the Hellebore will be pinkish lavender tulips and lacy white thalia daffodil. And in the front the sweetest pale blue Muscari. If you plant your containers so that they look beautiful even before the bulbs blossom, you know they will still be beautiful after the bulbs are finished and cut back.
So relieved these 3 survived. They were an early planting I was worried about with the below 32° nights last weekend. I’m so thankful to my clients that faithfully covered their containers three nights in a row!
They were covered with frost fabric the last three nights as it went below freezing in New England. It’s a gorgeous, warm Spring Monday with fingers crossed that we’re out of the woods for under 32° nights. Stay tuned for these when the tulips and pale blue muscari blossom! 🌷
SWIPE To see these two gorgeous stone Campania International urns together!
I have had several requests for the ingredients so here they are:
Hellebore Lilac tulips (in back) yet to bloom Lavender viola Grape viola Light blue muscari Lamium Moss Pussy Willow 👩🍳🌷💪🏼
These are just getting started! I cannot gush enough about spring’s glorious transformation. So many surprises hidden in these containers as they will grow and fill to the height of the hellebore. The best part… they are beautiful from the inside too! I just love planting for the everything beautiful @myelitemedspa ! 💜🙏🏼
SWIPE for a simple solution to random Spring nights below freezing ( tonight 29°). Hellebore, bulbs, pansies and violas can handle bellow freezing if hardened off. A few clients wanted to be planted for the holiday more extensively. I used lamium, allysum and stock here which are more freeze sensitive. Super easy to protect with some frost fabric. I leave some with clients just in case.
Channeling spring inside my home while outside temps in New England drop to 24° tonight and 27° on Sunday. Waiting to start spring 2023 on Monday which looks like the start to a week of warmer nights (🤞🏼). Thank goodness sunset is later, I’m going to need every minute of daylight.
There is nothing like the stunning performance of Spring containers. Swipe for these containers when they were first planted. They were beautiful from the 1st act of spring to the final act. My favorite Spring comment from clients is some version of, “Every week there’s a new surprise!”. Just a few more nights below 32° and then it’s spring showtime!! 🎭 🌷💓
These antique urns were my first container designs as Petals & Branches in 2021. They will always remind me of a hopeful time (although slightly terrifying) and of blessings landed. Happy first day of SPRING everyone!! 🌷🐦❣️
Don’t forget “spring green” and white this season. Hard to beat a super sculptural green and white design for Spring. I love these tall, narrow, metal, rectangular containers on either side of the front entrance to this stunning Brookline home. 💚🤍☘️ #goceltics