How to Make a Living Spring Centerpiece

I don’t know about you but I have been needing to see some color and some blatant signs of Spring. I thought it would be fun to plant a large container with mixed with spring flowers that could be planted out in the border when they are done inside.

I’m always looking for ways to include the children while gardening and LaLa was anxious to get her hands in the soil. A perfect project for the two of us. I hope you will be inspired to go out and create a lovely centerpiece for your spring table!

First, find a large low container with no hole in the bottom. ( I did not want to have to worry about leaking when watering.)

Then head on over to your favorite garden center and pick out some healthy spring annuals and perennials that are already in bloom. My purchase included 3 Primroses (yellow), a Gerber Daisy (pink), 2 Violets (purple), and tiny Campanula (white) that I divided in two.

Have your helper add some rocks in the bottom of your container for drainage. Our rocks were about 1/3 of the way up the container.


Then start filling with potting soil and planting! It will be viewed from all sides so keep that in mind when deciding where to place your plants. Or, if you are working with a 6 yr old let them decide and rearrange the plants when they aren’t looking. Not that I would ever do such a thing!


Once you are all potted up be sure to water the plants in… keeping in mind that there is no drainage (don’t overwater- just enough to make everything evenly moist).


Now, bring it in and enjoy! I added some cabbage leaf place mats underneath my container to protect my table surface. When the flowers start to fade I plan to replace them with miniature plants, mosses and stone… to create a little indoor fairy garden. The primrose and campanula can be planted out in the flower border to make an appearance next year!


If you decide to create a living indoor centerpiece be sure to take a picture of it and send it to me! I would love seeing your creation. : ) Happy Spring! Oh, don’t forget to tuck some little eggs into your arrangement!





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What a beautiful and festive Spring setting Love the purity of the white set off with the colors in your Spring flowers Stunning Annie

It’s lovely. What a fun project to do with your young daughter!
I’ve bought 4 dozen eggs to hide for our teen children to find on Easter. They love the search and I love to watch them! It brings back memories of when they were little.

How very pretty! I have the same cabbage leaf place mats, they look great beneath that gorgeous container!

Thanks so much Annie! I can’t WAIT for Spring to arrive. This weather has been ridiculous!!! I’ve got my fingers crossed for next week.

@Darlene- Great to see you here. I’ve been lurking over at your blog! I’m planning to buy 4 dozen eggs and decorating them tomorrow with the kiddos. I used to hunt eggs well into my teens too… you are a good mom for still providing that for them. : )

Thanks for stopping by Rhonda! Those cabbage leaf placemats are awesome! So springy. I am going to have to try that Orange/Rosemary Glaze on your blog. Looks delicious!


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Hi, I’m Michelle. I am an artist/designer specializing in unique topiary themed art for the Home & Gardener. I live on a farm in Upstate New York with my husband, two children and a small petting zoo of other family members. #shapeyoursweetestlife



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