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Early Spring Container Combo Idea

by Fern on February 10, 2010

in Container Combos

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The professor who taught my last Master Gardener class mentioned that he ignores the groundhog and watches Evergreen Pear trees for the first signs of Spring. These ornamental pear trees are everywhere in Southern California, and apparently they are one of the first to bloom in Spring. Well, let me tell ya, they are blooming like crazy! I know many of you are hunkered down underneath feet of snow, but Spring is almost here for you too!

The container combination idea shown above includes rosemary, ornamental cabbage, and pansies. All can tolerate a few late frosts, so you can plant this up as soon as the snow melts. Pansies and cabbage are annuals, so pull them out and toss them on your compost pile when they look past their prime. But rosemary is a perennial, so you can enjoy them year after year.

Do you have some container garden combination ideas? Write it up and submit your post to the February blog carnival!

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Sar February 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Love it! Except we can’t get those ornamental cabbages here in the spring. They seem to be an ornamental that comes along in the late autumn only.

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Beth February 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I love ornamental cabbage — its so pretty

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Fern February 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Beth–I know of a plant developer that is working on a multi-branched ornamental cabbage that is absolutely GORGEOUS!

melanie watts February 11, 2010 at 7:14 am

Pansies are great and very hardy, They also self seed so if you leave them in your garden you will get more next year.

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Micah February 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm

We added some windowboxes this year to our house and did pansies and cabbage. It worked out great, and I’d recommend it to anyone. (We’re in Atlanta, by the way. Zone 7b).

http://blog.doleaf.com/2009/10/25/operation-windowbox/

Plus, we put some tulip bulbs down underneath, and they’re just starting to peek through!

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