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Planting
tips for window boxes


Window boxes, being long
and narrow, cause some gardeners make the mistake of planting a single
subject and setting the plants in a row. Try to avoid doing this because
it looks too regimented and unimaginative. Aim for more shape in the
design by using a mixture of plants in a zig zag pattern, varying in sizes
and texture.   

Here’s a simple window
box garden diagram that can be used effectively with the right size and
shape of plants mixed together.  Notice the plants are set in a zig
zag type pattern which will grow into a bountiful, lush look:

window box planting diagram

Go for a layered design
like the diagram above: use the tallest plants in the back, with the
shorter and bushy plants along the middle rows. The front of the flower
box should be planted with trailers to give your box that overflowing
effect that is quite gorgeous.  

Keep in mind the weather
patterns where you garden as well.  If the area your box is placed is
prone to wind, it’s best to avoid long trailing plants (such as ivies)
because they’ll be lashed around and damaged.  In this case, go for
sturdy, bushy plants or moderate trailers.

Don’t be afraid to have
some fun with your designs.  If something doesn’t look right or work,
pull it out and try something different — now or next season.  Here
at Flower Framers, we love the bountiful, lush window box look and guide
all of our customers to use this style because it’s our favorite.  It
always makes your home stand out and gets the most compliments.   

Indian
Summer

flowering window box

This
time of the year brings those sunny, balmy days of comfortable weather
before the winter chill sets in.  So,
open those windows, bring in the fresh air and plant your boxes with these
selections to brighten up your fall landscaping. 


Carex
buchananii
, “Leather leaf sedge”
Salvia officinalis, “Icterinia”
Calibrachoa hybrid, “Million Bells” (cherry pink)
Ajania hybrid, “Bellania Bea”
Lysimachia nummularia, “Goldilocks”

Plant
three Leather Leaf Sedge across the back of the box evenly spaced. 

In between the Sedge and slightly forward, plant two Cherry Pink
Million Bells. 

Across the
middle of the box, plant three Bellania Bea evenly spaced. 

Alternate three Salvia and four Lysimachia in a zig zag pattern
across the front of the box.


 

 

 

 

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