Planting bulbs in containers offers a solution to gardeners who have limited space to create a full garden. Spring blooming bulbs can be grown in decorative pots to add accents to patios, decks and entryways. Bulbs planted in beds outside require little maintenance, however, with a few guidelines and commitment, container bulbs can prove to be equally as easy. When choosing a container, make sure it has drainage holes so water can escape. The larger the container, the better insulating qualities, so choose a container that is at least 24 inches in diameter; fill with a well-draining potting soil mix.
Some flowering bulbs bloom as early as February or March, well before last frost. Plant pansies or primroses at top of containers for a colorful show until the bulbs start to emerge. Bulbs are wonderful sources of color until warmer season annuals can be planted. Or do the “lasagna” method of growing bulbs that will mature at different times in the season for a longer lasting joy.
Growing bulbs in containers is also a great way to prevent animals from eating or digging up bulbs. Most animals tend to stay away from patios or decks where people hangout. Container growing is something you can do to try and prevent deer eating your bulbs as well!
Bottom line, have fun with bulbs! They’re versatile, easy to grow and come back year after year, so try something new with container gardening and grow bulbs.
Here are a few suggestions of bulbs that grow well in containers:
Native bulbs can also be grown in containers, check out our post on growing native bulbs HERE.