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Spring Container Displays for Indoor Bliss

Spring brings so much joy through vibrant blossoms and sweet scents. While you can experience this in your garden, why not bring spring joy indoors? Follow this guide to transform your home into a springtime wonderland.

Forcing Bulbs

One way to enjoy the spring indoors is to force bulbs. ‘Forcing’ bulbs is essentially making them think winter has ended early. This makes them flower earlier, giving you much longer to enjoy spring flowers indoors.

Forcing bulbs is an easy way to bring the colour of spring into your home. Bulbs, in this context, fit into two different categories: those that need chilling and those that don’t.

Chilling bulbs

Chilling bulbs gives them the impression that they’ve been through winter, and it’s time to bloom. This works for the majority of commonly grown bulbs except for paperwhites and amaryllis; these are native to tropical regions, so don’t need a cold winter to flower.

For blooms in:Chill in:
JanuarySeptember
FebruaryOctober
MarchNovember
AprilDecember

How to chill bulbs

There are a couple of ways to chill bulbs. For example, simply refrigerating them. If you’re keeping your bulbs in the fridge, however, make sure there isn’t any fresh fruit in there with them. Fruit releases ethylene gas naturally as they ripen; this gas can impact flower development.

You can also chill potted bulbs outdoors. Click here for more details on chilling bulbs outdoors.

Moisture is another important factor during this period. Regularly check potted bulbs to ensure the soil is kept moist, thoroughly watering them when needed. It’s also best to insulate them from dramatic temperature changes either by burying them in dry leaves or keeping them in a cold frame.

Once you’ve successfully forced your bulbs, you’ll have weeks worth of beautiful blooms and sweet scents inside your home.

Click here for our full article on forcing bulbs!

Spring Colour Combinations

Curating the perfect indoor container displays takes some planning. Part of this is understanding which colours and flowers will look nice together. So, here are our recommendations for indoor spring colour combinations.

Purple and yellow

Crocus are beautiful spring flowers that look great both indoors and outdoors. They’re perfect for this colour combination as they come in purple and yellow varieties, as well as combinations of both. For example:

Purple – Crocus Grand Maitre

Yellow – Crocus Specie Fuscotinctus

Combination – Crocus Specie Advance

A classic for a reason, daffodils are another stunning addition to spring displays. Their comforting yellow colour pairs perfectly with purple blooms for a vibrant indoor display.

Different shades of yellow can be achieved with daffodils. For example, opt for ‘Angels Whisper’ for lighter yellow or ‘Golden Bells’ for deeper yellow.

Tulip Tarda is an unusual looking tulip with open, star-shaped blooms. The bright yellow centres are frames with white-edged, yellow petals.

Alliums come in a variety of colours, but are best known for their purple flowers. Not only are the round blooms beautiful, they are also very easy to grow both indoors and out.

Pink and blue

Blue hyacinths are ideal for spring displays, adding both interesting blooms and sweet scents into your home.

Pink hyacinths pair perfectly with their blue counterpart. They are just as sweet-smelling and easy to grow.

Tulip Dynasty is a stunning pink variety with an ombre effect; lighter pink at the bottom of the petal develops in intensity towards the top.

This gorgeous blue is a rarer colour for alliums. The striking colour – as well as the globes of blooms – make these ideal for a focus point in your indoor spring display.

Orange and red

‘Darwin Red’ tulips have the traditional, delicate tulip shape along with a fiery red colour. These are great for a flash of red in your spring displays.

Amaryllis Orange Queen provides vibrant orange blooms. This plant is perfect for bringing spring colour indoors.

Tulip ‘ Sunlover’ gives the impression of a vibrant sunrise. This flower is perfect for spring, as the sun is rising on a new season.

Amaryllis Double Cherry Red provides a deep, romantic red for spring displays. This is perfect when added to other shades of red and orange.

Yellow and white

This ‘Buttermilk’ hyacinth lives up to its name with its light, butter-coloured blooms. With the classic floral scent of hyacinths, this plant is great when used in indoor displays.

Allium ‘Graceful Beauty’ is another stunning variety with bright white, star-shaped blooms. Not only do these plants look great, but they can continue to flower each spring for a number of years if taken care of properly.

Similarly to the yellow ‘Buttermilk’ hyacinths, the beautiful blooms of ‘White Pearl’ hyacinths are the perfect pure-white, sweet-smelling addition to your home.

Tulip Crystal Star not only provides a vibrant burst of colour, but also adds some very interesting texture to your indoor containers. The edges of the petals are fringed which gives them a unique look.

Types of Indoor Containers

We’ve laid out the pros and cons to using different types of containers for indoor planting:

Terracotta pots

Pros:Cons:
They have a classic look, perfect to bridge the gap between outdoor and indoor gardening.Terracotta can soak up some of the moisture from the soil.
They are well-suited to drought resistant plants like lavender.They’re heavy and not malleable, so it can sometimes be difficult to remove plants.

Plastic pots

Pros:Cons:
Plastic is easy to squeeze and manipulate, making it much easier to remove plants.Plastic pots are not as environmentally friendly.
Plastic does not absorb water, improving moisture retention in the soil.They can be weaker, splitting and breaking more easily than some other.

Window boxes

Pros:Cons:
They come in many lengths, allowing for a full spread of spring colour. Just ensure you spread out the plants enough for each of them to have enough room.Window boxes are often designed to be outside. It may take some more searching to find one that fits your indoor aesthetic.

Hanging baskets

Pros:Cons:
They allow you to display hanging spring plants such as petunias.Hanging baskets can be difficult to water indoors unless you use pots specifically designed for indoor use.
Making use of vertical space is a great way of adding springtime colour into your home.Any ongoing care will require getting the container down from a higher place.

Conclusion

This information should help you on your way to using plants to create a colourful indoor space this spring. Click here to read about planting up spring containers; this article was written with garden containers in mind, but the steps you follow will work just as well for indoor gardening.

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Updated on March 20, 2024

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