Tuesday, April 28, 2009

window box beauties

It's that time of year. Time to clean out the window boxes and give them a fresh spring look! I love using trailing plants, lots of ivy!

although the dasies are pretty cute!
This is ovbviously for fall/winter, but I thought it was worth sharing!
Choosing a container and a location is a fine start for window box gardening, but picking the right plants really makes the difference in your growing success. Generally, select a mixture of trailers, compact upright plants that grow tall enough to be seen without blocking the window, filler plants, and bulbs.
For a dramatic display, choose plants that contrast with the background — bright plants against light siding or wood, pale flowers against dark brick walls.

For windows with partial sun~
Wax Begonia (B. semperflorens)
Edging Lobelia (L. erinus)
Forget-Me-Not (Mysostis sylvatica)
Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri)
Coleus (C. Blumei)
Flowering Tobbacco (Nicotiana alata)
Patience Plant (Impatiens wallerana)
Trailing fuchsia (F. hybrida)
Geraniums (Pelargonium spp.)
Browallia (B. speciosa)
Ageratum (A. houstonianum)
English Ivy (Hedera helix baltica)
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)
For windows with sunny exposure~
Petunia (P. x hybrid)
Dwarf Snapdragons (antirrhinum)
Sweet Alyssum (Lobalaria maritime)
Verbena (V. x hybrida)
Gerber Daisy (gerbera x jamesoni)
Portulaca (P. grandiflora)
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum) majus)
Dwarf marigold (Talgetes spp.)
Dwarf zinnia (z.elegans)
Nierembergia (N. repens rivularis )
Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Parsley (Petroselinum hortense)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)


marty39 said...

All of the window boxes are just gorgeous. Your flower suggestions are great, and so many choices. I always think about all the unbelievable window boxes I saw when I was in Austria. Loved them all and I stop and stare every time I see one. Hugs, Marty

TRICIA boutellefamilyzoo@yahoo.com said...

I am so glad you posted this.
It is Wednesday and I was actually going to post about window boxes today too. I will make sure to send a link over to you.
The plant list was a fantastic addition!

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