How To Create A Gorgeous Pansy Outdoor Planter ~ Create an outdoor planter by embellishing trailing pansies with a ribbon decorated grapevine wreath and decorative branches!
I decided to be a little bit creative this year when designing and putting together the outdoor planters for the walkway up to the front door. I never used to consider pansies in outdoor planters. I am not sure why. Maybe it was because I thought they were not showy enough.
But during the past years a new kind of annual has come onto the market. They are now one of my favourite types of flowers. They are from the Wave Family and there are now different kinds on the market. For several years I bought the Wave Petunia and absolutely loved the results. One or two plants filled an outdoor pot beautifully and they were super showy all summer. I also loved that they were low maintenance to look after. I just fertilized them a couple times, made sure they were well watered and pinched off the spent flowers to make sure new blooms kept coming.
When I saw the Cool Wave Pansies (not sponsored) I was intrigued. They were so gorgeous!
Since I had so much success with the Wave petunias I thought I would give them a try. Costco had them for sale for quite a good price so I bought three. They were being sold as hanging planters but I wanted them for my stand-alone planters. So I used my pruning shears to snip off the plastic part used to hang them up.
I have three black coloured planters placed along the walkway to the front door. They are coordinated to match the black front door and the black pots make a nice contrast for whatever bright coloured flowers and plants I put in them. One planter is a black iron pedestal urn and the other two planters are black ceramic. I even bought one of these at the thrift store a few years ago for a really good price.
But there were a couple of problems when I placed the pansy planters in their outdoor pots. The first problem was the pots were too small and sank into the pot. The second problem is they seemed to lose a lot of their showiness. Something was missing.
I solved problem number one by placing a smaller clay pot turned upside down inside each outdoor pot. This little trick elevated the height of the pansy planters.
My second solution was to embellish the pansy planters. I bought three grapevine wreaths and purple ribbon that coordinated with the purple colour in the pansies. I wrapped the ribbon around each wreath and secured it with a knot.
Then I placed each ribbon wrapped wreath on top of each outdoor planter. The last thing I did was place each pansy planter on top of each wreath. Instantly the grapevine wreath and the purple ribbon gave the planter a whole new gorgeous look.
I wanted to add one more embellishment to the pansy outdoor planters to create more interest in the design. I had some natural branches stored in the garage that I had used in previous outdoor planter projects. When shopping one day I came across some mauve coloured branches at Home Sense and knew I had the final touch to add to the pansy outdoor planters!
I also inserted a cut plastic beverage bottle upside down into the pansy planter. It is totally hidden by the flowers. When I water the plants I add water to the entire plant and also pour some into the neck of the bottle to ensure water is going directly to the roots. I share more details in Watering Outdoor Fall Mums So They Last.
I bought these pansies earlier in April. I was actually a bit brave in doing so because we can still get freezing temperatures and snow into the middle of May. But the gardener in me wanted to get started enjoying growing flowers during the day. What I did every evening was check the weather forecast to see if freezing temperatures were expected during the night and if so, removed the pansy planters from their outdoor planters and place them in the garage for the night.
Cool Wave Pansies are a good option because they are quite cold tolerant. Their blooming season includes Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Late Summer, Autumn and even Winter. They can be overwintered in Zone Five areas. I live in a Zone 3 gardening area so I will have to buy new plants ever year. They like to be fertilized every two weeks to keep them blooming. They need at least six hours of full sun a day. My house faces north and so far they seem to be very happy and thriving.
I have to say I am super happy with these gorgeous pansy outdoor planters. They were so simple to create by using trailing pansies. Adding the grapevine wreath added a new interesting texture to the pansy planter and the purple ribbon works as a fabulous colour accent to help make a gorgeous pansy outdoor planter!
Super easy to do and super easy to create!
Here are some more beauty shots showing…
How To Create A Gorgeous Pansy Outdoor Planter
This is what you see as you walk up to the front walkway…
… and these two planters are what you see just before you go the stairs to the front door.
Here is a collage image to make it easy for pinning and sharing!
Here are some other outdoor planters I have had fun creating. You will notice I have used the same black outdoor pots many times for many different seasonal projects….
What are your favourite flowers and plants to work with when creating your outdoor planters? What are your thoughts on pansies?
I would love to find out…