Spring Planters with Croton and Marigolds

Winning Spring Planter Recipes

Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to celebrate! Pull out your planters, freshen up your outdoor living space, and get ready to plant color in every nook and cranny you can find. We’ve put together a few spring planter recipes that are sure to wow your friends and family.

Why Plant Planters?

Planters and hanging baskets are the perfect way to add color and texture to unexpected places around your home. You can bring flowers up to eye level with hanging baskets up on hooks or hangers, or you can frame your chairs and benches with the perfect array of color and texture. Being able to add garden moments amongst your outdoor areas in unique and unexpected ways will always add to the delight and joy your garden brings.

banner with planters

What Makes A Good Planter Recipe?

Mixed planters and hanging baskets are meant to delight the senses with colorful blooms, textured foliage, and sweet scents that you and pollinators can enjoy together.  That’s why the age-old “thriller-spiller-filler” combination works so well.
You can use a mass planting of one kind or another, or you can create contrast with leaves and flowers of different shapes and sizes.

Petunias in baskets

Planter Recipes for Warm Spring Weather

While most of these recipes involve our spring annuals, we’ve mixed in a few perennials and shrubs as well. Shrubs and perennials that are container garden-friendly mean you can enjoy the same planter year after year, only adding to it and adjusting it as you like.

While some work best in hanging baskets and others in window boxes, all of these recipes can essentially work in any container of choice.
(HB = “ideal for hanging baskets”; P = “ideal for planters”)

#1: Warm Spring Sunshine

coleus annual example

Coleus

lantana annual example

Lantana

dracaena spike annual example

Dracaena Spike

sweet potato vine annuals example

Sweet Potato Vine

#2: Soft Spring Cloud (HB)

purple wave petunia example

Wave Petunias

Verbena example

Verbena

colorful alyssum example

Alyssum

#3: Sweet Spring Fountain (HB)

Angelonia example

Angelonia

yellow calibrachoa planter recipe

Calibrachoa

sweet potato vines

Sweet Potato Vine

Ivy

Ivy

#4: Fire & Ice (P)

Dianthus for Spring Planter

Dianthus

Ice Plants Delosperma

Ice Plants (Delosperma)

Salvia

Salvia

#5: Spring Pollinator (P)

Heliotrope

Heliotrope

Yarrow

Yarrow

Ivy

Ivy

#6: Seasonal Rotator: Spring Edition (P)

Wave Petunias

Wave Petunias

Vinca

Vinca

Boxwood in Pots

Boxwood Topiary

Lantana

Lantana

Alyssum white for planters

Alyssum

#7: Spring Pollinator (P)

Wave Petunia fuschia

Wave Petunias

Pennisetum Grass for Planters

Pennisetum Grass

vinca annual

Vinca

#8: Shady Delight

Caladium

Caladium

Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny

Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller

#9: Spring Cornucopia

Coleus

Coleus

Wave Petunia

Creeping Jenny

Euphorbia

Euphorbia

#10: Sour Candy Spring

Calibrachoa

Calibrachoa

Pentas

Pentas

Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny

Bonus: Stand-Alone

Plants that look great all by themselves!

yellow calibrachoa planter recipe

Calibrachoa

Peonies

Peonies

Lantana

Lantana

Big Leaf Begonia

Big Leaf Begonia

Petunias Cascade Rim

Bi-Color Petunias

Cascading Hydrangeas

Cascading Hydrangeas

Pick up the perfect planter at Patuxent Nursery and try some of these recipes for yourself! You can also explore our pre-planted combination planters: they’re ready to go on display as soon as you get home!

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