Garden Thyme, Spring

Beautiful Container Garden Ideas for Any Space

Now that spring is here and Easter is just around the corner, all of us garden and flower lovers are ready to get outside and get busy! Planting up some spring containers is the perfect way to get your garden on even if the winter temperatures linger.


 No large yard? No problem! Today I am sharing how you can take any small space and transform it into a lush garden area using containers, and just about anything can be used as a container with a little creativity! 






I am excited to once again be joining several blogging friends for another fun Pinterest challenge!  This month’s theme is container gardens which is something I love!  If you are coming over from South House Designs or if you are just dropping by today, then welcome!!!! 


yard of flowers and antiques

Our gorgeous inspiration photo  for this month’s challenge comes from  Organized Clutter. A special thanks goes out to Cindy of County Road 407 for hosting this challenge. You will find links to all of the beautiful container garden ideas posts at the end of this post.



Transform Any Space Into A Beautiful Garden Area Using Containers and Garden Accessories

If you don’t have a large yard or if you have health issues or lack of time that prevent you from large scale gardening, you can still create a garden area that is easy to maintain and looks lush and full using a variety of traditional pots and planters as well as unique containers for interest.


Let’s start by taking a look at this blank wall by the side door entry at the yellow brick home.  Here it looked rather boring and sad, but by adding some beautiful urns, containers, and planters filled with a mix of evergreen and seasonal plants, the eyesore of an entry easily transformed into something special.


For several years I kept a vintage plant etagere by the back door and kept it styled with pretty pots, containers and garden elements. 


I like using a mix of traditional garden pots as well as fun, unexpected thrifted items as containers, such a a vintage, tarnished silverplate creamer as a succulent planter.





spring flowers and herbs dollar tree metal fleurs and jardin makeover

The plant stand was always evolving through the various seasons.




I later moved the plant stand to my backyard cottage garden area and just used an old garden trellis and beautiful containers for interest in this area.  



One year for Mother’s Day my husband surprised me with hundreds of tulip bulbs. He then planted them all for me in November as part of the gift. That was THE YEAR of the most beautiful spring container garden!






Pansies and violas in an urn spring container ideas spring urns




spring container garden with tulips in popts

Another blank wall along the sidewalk to the side entry became a lush garden with a raised cedar bed filled with all kinds of herbs, flowers and vegetables and surrounded on the bottom and sides by container plantings.


I really became entrhalled with the idea of concentrating on container gardens after discovering Claus Dalby on instagram. His beautiful book, Containers in The Garden (affiliate link) really inspired the design of my own container gardens.


Containers in the Garden

Container gardens are perfect for those of us with chronic health issues, back pain or lack of time and space. Really they are perfect for anyone!





The last couple of years at the yellow brick home I wanted something in this spot that would look great year found, so I used a large urn with an evergreen arborvite as the focal point. Notice the bird bath in the foreground is also a “container” for succulents.



Additional Favorite Container Planting Ideas

I purchased this French wooden box with forced spring daffodils at Home Depot a few years ago and it has always been one of my favorite spring containers to plant up ever since! Once the daffodils were spent, I planted them in the yard and they bloomed beautifully the following spring.

*Home Depot once again has these in stock this year! Some are filled with hyacinths and tulips!


The next year I created a mixed spring container planting using tulips, tete e tete daffodils and pansies. 




Another plant etagere on the front porch at the yellow brick home was a favorite spot for small container plantings and seasonal accents.



A simple hanging basket from the dollar store looks beautiful and elegant filled with simple pansies.




I always keep my eyes open for rustic, european style pots and containers when I am thrifting. Just about any combination of plants looks beautiful in them, as long as the water and light requirements are similar.



Of course fall is a wonderful time to create beautiful containers!



Vintage fall pheasant vintage bucket with yellow pansies outdoor fall decorating ideas




Thrifted vintage buckets or old coffee cans make fun and interesting containers in a junk-lover’s garden!




Using Containers to Fill Negative Space in the Garden


cottage garden in August birdbath with perennials

Another tried and true trick for the impatient gardener (like me!) is to use pots and containers to fill negative space and gaps in the garden, either while waiting for plants to grow or to place on top of difficult to garden areas such as those with lots of roots or poor soil.



My dad’s tricycle from the 1950’s made a fun garden accent “container” with a basket filled with succulents on the front and a big galvanized bucket of fountain grass in the back. As a bonus the tricyle filled a lot of blank space.



Don’t be afraid to mix rustic country or vintage containers such as an old galvanized bucket with new pots or more elegant planters and urns. They can all work together to create interest in a container garden.




I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my container garden ideas and that it has inspired you! This summer I plan to transform our small backyard and deck using mostly containers, and I will be sharing lots of posts on this subject in the weeks and months ahead so please do plan to stop back by often. 

 Next up on today’s challenge is Barb at French Ethereal. She always has lovely gardening ideas! Don’t forget to check out all of the other beautiful and interesting container posts via the links below.

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  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, you have created soooo many lovely vignettes in your gardens over the years! I love the urns mixed with raised gardens beds and other pottery and little statues… I get a lot of ideas from you, truly. Thank you for sharing all of these! I hope you are doing well and that school is going well this year.

    Many spring hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    March 26, 2024 at 7:32 am
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    100s of tulips for a birthday gift that comes with him planting them too? Now that’s a gift! Love all of your ideas. Especially adding the little extras inside the container like the little chicks, the flag, and even a trowel! I’ve never thought to do that. So glad you had time and could join in this month. Thanks! pinned

    March 26, 2024 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply CoCo

    Love all these vintage urns and containers, Amber, they’re so pretty! I can’t get over all your tulips either. That is such a thoughtful gift! My Mom has a bakers rack that she uses as an herb garden so I’m excited to show her yours with all the beautiful plants. She’ll be tickled pink! Hugs, CoCo

    March 26, 2024 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    You have such a beautiful style with your gardens, Amber. Always love seeing how you decorate the outside of your home, as well as the inside. Now if I can just get my hubs to gift me with tons of tulips he would plant next Fall…;)

    March 26, 2024 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Everything looks so lush and green in your photos, and I’m loving the variety of urns and planters in your garden! Those tulips are gorgeous! Happy Spring Amber!

    March 27, 2024 at 7:12 am

    I love all your amazing containers. Everything looks amazing. I pinned several ideas.

    March 27, 2024 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Marty

    Oh wow, so many pretty ideas. I love your garden.

    March 28, 2024 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Carol@Blueskyathome

    Amber, you’ve shared great places and ways to display beautiful containers of flowers and herbs. You’ve filled those areas with interesting containers and ingenious ways to display them. Your garden is lovely and I’m sure bring hours of enjoyment.

    April 9, 2024 at 10:04 am
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