Hanging containers put the show right at eye level. To mimic this gorgeous tricolour display, plant a yellow daisy in the centre, then skirt it with yellow and white nemesia and golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia sp.)
One of spring’s brightest little bloomers, polyanthus comes in a range of jewelbox colours, usually with a contrasting eye. Plant them in individual pots and line them up in a row – so sweet!
Create wooden planter boxes
Turn up the charm factor by repurposing a few lovely old wooden boxes as planters. Line with plastic (pierce a few holes) before planting, or just sit potted flowers snugly inside the box. Here, grape hyacinths create a heavenly blue scene.
Add a blossom tree
Compose a colourful scene with a blossom tree (Cercis siliquastrum) in a wicker basket, then arrange a whole tableau of potted bloomers. Try primula, English daisies, pansies and grape hyacinths.
Use glazed pots
Glazed pots create the most impact when you plant them with contrasting flower colours. So for cobalt blue pots, think orange, white or yellow blooms. Here, orange pansies, grape hyacinths and white English daisies offer a burst of brilliance
Cinerarias are early spring-blooming daisies with brilliant flowers in tight heads – they make perfect little posies. Long lasting, they grow in dappled or bright shade. Place by the front door and enjoy a touch of whimsy each and every morning!