Spring Containers + A Garden Giveaway with Thinking Outside the Boxwood

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From pots filled with cheerful spring pansies to unexpected vegetable urns like the one above, we love starting off garden season with freshly-planted containers. To welcome our collection of brand-new planters, we teamed up with landscape designer and Thinking Outside the Boxwood author Nick McCullough for a Container Garden Giveaway. Now through April 25, pin your favorite planter trends using our inspiration for a chance to win $500 to spend on your garden at terrain. To kick off the contest, we chatted with Nick about the container trends he's loving this spring. 

terrain: What are some of your favorite plants/flowers for early spring containers?

Nick: For spring containers, I like to use plants that will flower from the end of March through early May. My favorites are dark hellebores, pansies, and sweet alyssum. I also like to add cut stems to give instant height. Cool-weather edibles, like kale and lettuce, are also great to add to spring containers. They're also convenient to pull from your container for a quick spring salad. 

terrain: What trends are you excited about this spring? Are there certain colors, styles, or container types that you’ll be incorporating in the garden?

Nick: This spring, I'm seeing a lot of edibles mixed with perennials and annuals in containers as well as garden beds. The mixture gives individuals with tight outdoor space the ability to grow for color and food. I'm also seeing a lot of unique found items bring used as containers. Old shortening and chip tins, galvanized barrels, and even oil drums give your containers some added interest as the plants mature.  

terrain: How do you get your landscape back into shape after a long winter? What are some simple ways to spruce up a garden bed or container for the new season?

Nick: My best tip for making your garden look crisp for spring is edging your beds with a sharp, deep edge. This gives a strong line between the bed and the turf areas and helps stop grass from meandering into your beds. Also, top-dress your beds with 1-2 inches of compost mulch. And if you missed planting bulbs last fall, you can transplant a few forced daffodils to give some spring color to the garden.

terrain: What’s on your agenda for April in the garden?

Nick: April is very busy in our greenhouse as we get it stocked with all the annuals and perennials we ordered for this year. Also, we also start blending our special potting soil mix, using the compost we made over the winter from yard waste that we collected last year. We spend April getting everything well-organized to hit the soil running in May. 

Ready to start pinning and planting? Enter the Container Garden Giveaway.

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