By Christina Timm
Spring is an interesting time of the year. The temperatures can be unpredictable and finding the right plants can be confusing for new gardeners. But don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are 4 cool-weather tolerant plants that are perfect for spring.
This one is kind of a given, but the pansy is by far the most tolerant plant for cool weather. They don’t mind temps as low as 28 degrees which makes them hardy to a light freeze. One of the reasons we love the pansy so much is because of their cute little faces. It’s hard to say no to a plant that is smiling back at you. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and the options are endless.
Fun fact: The wave pansy is great for hanging baskets because of its trailing habit.
The Dusty Miller
This is a wonderful accent plant that pairs nicely with the pansy. For starters, it is also tolerant to a light freeze and does not get distressed when placed in cooler weather. Even though it does not bloom, it has beautiful, silver foliage that is soft to the touch. In a combination, add this plant to the center of the container to add height and texture.
This sweet little plant may look delicate with its small foliage and tiny clusters of white flowers; however, it too is tolerant to cooler temperatures. It doesn’t tolerate freezing temps as well as the pansy but holds its own at about 32 degrees. We recommend not allowing this plant to get nipped by any freezing temps. In a combination, add this plant in with the pansy as they both get to about the same height. It adds a calming white contrast against the pop of color that the pansy has to offer.
This bold blooming plant is like the alyssum when it comes to freezing temperatures. We recommend not allowing this plant to freeze, however, cooler temps above 32 are okay. This plant offers a vibrant blue color making a statement. In a combination, add this plant alongside the pansy or alyssum as all three plants grow to about the same height. When grown with an orange pansy it creates a wonderful contrasting container garden that’s perfect for spring.
Spring container gardening can be fun and easy when you have help from a plant expert. Explore more color choices in store and get started today. If you are interested in creating your own spring container garden, but unsure how to start, sign up for our planting party today. You’ll leave with a ready-to-go container garden that will get you through the ups and downs of spring.