Pink and purple hydrangeas in a galvanised bucket.

Top 5 Spring flowers for pots

As we welcome in the new season, Spring brings about longer evenings, warmer weather, and gardens bursting into bloom. As fresh growth and new flowers begin to appear, there are plenty of spring flowers that will thrive in pots and containers this time of year.

Pot and container gardening is a perfect way to add some interest and colour to your outdoor space. In the cooler temperatures of early spring—many can even tolerate a light frost or light snowfall. Also, with the risk of frost not completely behind us, it is easy to throw a protective cover over outdoor pots.

Here's our pick of the top 5 spring flowers for your outdoor pots:

A blue hyacinth and a violet viola in a garden

1. Violas

Flowering best in cooler weather, violas or pansies make an easy addition to spring pots. The cheery colours and fascinating markings on their petals, these flowers are perfect brightening up pots, containers and borders, as well as decorating cakes and salad bowls! 

With over 500 species to choose from, violas are a fast-growing varitey that are normally one of the first seedlings found in garden centres and are perfect for bridging the gap between seasons.

For maximum impact, plant these en masse in your pot in one single colour, or mix in with flowers that bloom later in the season for interest all year long. 

2. Hyacinths

A delightful and fragrant spring bloom, hyacinths flower in a range of colours, from traditional purple and pink to white and even mauve, coral and claret. 

Eye-catching spires of tiny clusters of flowers, hyacinths will flower outside in March and April, brightening your outdoor space as we say goodbye to winter. 

Thriving in pots, containers and window boxes, these fabulous spring bulbs, with their heavenly scent, make them ideal for positioning next to gateways and entrances for an unforgettable early spring display.

3. Tulips

Tulips provide spring flowers in dazzling colours, and are easy to grow in borders and pots before the summer floral displays appear. 

Providing a splash of colour for spring, tulips are available in a variety of shapes and colours, they are ideal for fitting into any garden design and theme. 

Our favourite tulip varieties include Lily Tulips, Parrot Tulips, and Peony Tulips, but the Fringed Tulips will make a stunning flower to add to your spring pots! 

A red and pink Fringed Tulip in a garden with the sunlight beaming through the petals.

4. Daffodils

A true sign that longer, brighter days are ahead, daffodils are cheerful flower to add to your gardens. 

Bursting into bloom between February and May, daffodils are ideal for containers, pots, borders and lawns, suiting almost any garden design, style and theme. 

Narcissus 'Tête-à-Tête' is one of the most popular daffodils for pots and containers. At only 15cm high, it's a small but perfectly formed flower, with small yellow trumpets and bright green foliage. 

5. Geraniums

A classic garden plant, geraniums have been a favourite with the green-fingered for over a century. 

A tough flower that is easy to grow, it's easy to see why geraniums are Britain's most popular perennial! With their wide range of colours, shapes and sizes, geraniums make a focal flower in container groupings and standouts in window boxes. 

A close up shot of a white geranium in a garden ad a picture of a daffodil, Narcissus

Top outdoor pots and containers

If you're looking for some inspiration for the perfect outdoor pot for your spring flowers and blooms, check out our collection of outdoor planters: