Typically there will be that one plant in your container that fizzles out before the rest – rather than toss the whole bunch or stare at a dead plant (or a gaping hole), simply replace the fading plant with something fresh – preferably one of a similar shape and size. Here’s how I did just that for one of my terra cotta pots:
I usually don’t plant bulbs in pots – they take up too much space and are so fleetingly in-bloom. But I couldn’t resist these mini daffodils, nor could I pass up the grape hyacinths right next to them:
The pots looked great for several weeks and then the bulbs started to decline.
But the ranunculus, pansies, dusty millers and violas still had lots of life left in them so I decided to just replace the bulbs – I saw these lovely cheddar pink dianthus and liked how they had a similar ‘grassy” foliage to the daffodils, as well as lots of buds.
In case you’re wondering what I did with the bulbs, I separated them into smaller clumps and planted them amongst my tulips – they look kind of straggly now but next spring they’ll be a colorful addition to this little border!