February is a great time to refresh the containers on your front steps, patio, or porch. Here at the nursery, we have primroses and pansies in full color, and potted bulbs just nosing out of the soil.
Pansies and Primroses
It’s impossible to resist adding pansies and primroses to containers in late winter! We crave sunshine in the Pacific Northwest at this time of year, and flowers are a sweet reminder of our sunny days.
Pansies and primroses can survive frost, but intense and/or long freezes can damage them. If the weather is very unpredictable or forecasting several days of freezing temperatures, you can leave pansies and primroses in their 4” pots. Then, create a 4” hole in your container, but instead of planting, “stage” the primrose/pansy in the hole with its pot still on. This makes it easy to quickly pull the color spots out for overnight protection inside your house or garage and put them back in the morning. After the last frost, you can fully plant them.
You can also combat sneaky spring frosts by keeping a stash of Harvest-Guard frost cloth close and at the ready. Before temperatures dip for the night, cover tender plants completely with cloth and tuck in the edges so it doesn’t get blown away. The goal is to completely cover the leaves and stems.
Image: A rainbow of primroses at Molbak’s.
Top Image: February Container idea at Molbak’s.
You can also take a photo of your container and bring it in to Molbak’s. Share it with our garden experts and they will give you ideas or help you identify plants that will flourish in early spring.
You’ll have Spring on your step for months to come!
About the Author: Rachel is Molbak’s Garden Division Lead and has worked here for nine years. She has fond childhood memories of trips to Molbak’s with her family and loves connecting people with plants. Rachel‘s gardening passions are roses, Japanese Maples, fragrant plants, garden design, and seed starting.