With Spring around the corner and everyone anxious to get out into the garden it’s a perfect time to start “using what you do have and not buying what you don’t have” to use for charming containers for early spring flowers.
My garden gate is open for you to come in, sit and relax with a cup of tea while I share some of my favorite ways to create vintage charm in your spring garden.
Bentley, my Garden Assistant, is waiting to show you around.
As a child growing up in North Carolina my sister and I loved planting flower seeds in beautiful, old, mismatched and chipped china tea cups that our Mother saved for us to use for planting “tea cup flowers.” Every morning we would run into the kitchen and climb up on a stool to peep at our seeds. We loved watching them grow and were so excited when the Violas and flowers bloomed. I definitely inherited my love for gardening and planting in unusual containers from my Mother!
Pansies and Violas do well in the early spring and can handle a light frost or chilly night and are one of my early go to plants that do well in containers. Bulbs planted in the fall add lots of spring color to the garden.
Hyacinths planted in a glass container with water and rocks are charming placed in an old chipped blue and white bowl.
A vintage metal garden cart can be used to display a pot of flowers and makes a charming vignette in the spring garden.
I am always on the lookout for unusual vintage containers to use for planting.
One of my new favorites is an old rusty funnel. Place a small shard in the bottom to keep soil contained, and plant as normal to create a charming container.
Erin Houghton is a regular contributor to Southern Guide to Life. She is an artist, photographer, gardener and owners of www.mypaintedgarden.com. She has been featured in numerous national publications and her art has been featured, and exhibited, both nationally and internationally. To find out more visit www.mypaintedgarden.com. Follow her on Pinterest. Visit her on Facebook. Shop her Online Store.