Now is the time to start planting your containers, hopefully we have seen the last of frosts! Planting up now means your plants should be well established and flowering well for July and August.
I love Window Boxes, I think they are so pretty and provide perfect “kerb appeal” for your house. If you would like to plant your own but don’t know where to start then here are some planting ideas for perfect window boxes from the BHG website:
Dress Up a Dormer
Window boxes are the perfect way to make dormers look extra special. Create lots of season-long interest with a mix of profuse bloomers, such as this verbena, and unusual foliage, such as flowering kale and sedge. That way you can enjoy the beautiful leaves and their distinct textures if the flowers take a break.
A. Sedge (Carex siderosticha ‘Variegata’)
B. Kale (Brassica oleracea ‘Osaka’)
C. Verbena ‘Tuscany Violet with Eye’
D. Coral bells (Heuchera ‘Pewter Moon’)
Add Drama to a Big Window
A big window needs a bold window box — and here’s a great example. This container has it all: tons of texture, depth, and dimension. It’s a riot of color that’ll help your home feel like it’s worth a million bucks. And it’s bold enough that it doesn’t get overshadowed by the size of the window.
A. Bacopa (Sutera ‘Bridal Bouquet’)
B. Torenia ‘Catalina Blue’
C. Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Purple’
D. Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana)
E. Heliotrope (Heliotropium ‘Marine’)
F. Daisy (Felicia ‘Read’s White’)
G. Licorice vine (Helichrysum petiolare)
Add Colour to a White Wall
An all-white wall may seem like it needs an explosion of colour to dress it up, but you can create an equally impressive display by going with soft, subtle shades. Petunias and geraniums are the perfect choice for adding color either way — let your personality be your guide.
A. Geranium (Pelargonium ‘Orbit Pink’)
B. Swan River daisy (Brachyscome iberidifolia‘Lemon Mist’)
C. Petunia Surfinia Patio White
Use White to Add Elegance
All-white window boxes are among the most elegant you can create. They’re also some of the easiest — since you don’t need to worry about your colour choices working with each other. After all, white looks good with everything — especially itself.
A. Geranium (Pelargonium ‘Orbit White’)
B. Ivy (Hedera helix ‘Glacier’)
C. Bacopa (Sutera ‘Snowstorm’)
D. Impatiens ‘Xtreme White’
Another Take on White
Take an all-white theme to the next level with silvery foliage. From silvery licorice vine to the artemisia shown here, silver foliage adds something special to your planting. Bonus: Light colours such as silver and white show up best at night, and seem to glow at dusk so you can enjoy them longer into the night.
A. Artemisia ‘Silver Broacade’
B. Baby’s breath (Gypsophila elegans)
C. Daisy (Argyranthemum ‘Madeira White’)
D. Stock (Matthiola ‘Harmony White’)
E. Nicotiana (Nicotiana ‘Saratoga White’)
F. Snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum)
Enjoy a Pastel Colour Theme
Like a soft rain, delicate blue lobelia flows over the side of this window box. Many types of lobelia have a tendency to fade out during the hottest summer days, so pair them with another heat-loving blooming trailer such as cascading petunia or million bells (also called calibrachoa) to keep your display looking good all season long.
A. Geranium (Pelargonium ‘Bullseye Light Pink’)
B. Petunia ‘Supertunia Bermuda Beach’
C. Lobelia ‘Riviera Blue Eyes’
Dress Up Your Deck
Take the idea of a window box and put it on your deck rails for a brilliant burst of colour. For an outstanding all-put-together look, use the same plantings on your deck as you do beneath your windows. Your friends will love your creativity.
A. Petunia ‘Surfinia Patio Hot Pink’
B. Salvia ‘Victoria Blue’
C. Geranium (Pelargonium ‘StarStruck Lavender Pink’)
D. Mum (Chrysanthemum ‘Brunswick’)
E. Dracaena marginata
F. Vinca major ‘Variegata’
Lighten a Dark Wall
Make your home sing — even if has dark or faded shutters and siding like this one — with a colorful window box. This one does double duty thanks to a scented geranium; its soft scent is a great incentive to open the window and enjoy some fresh air. Tip: Other plants that offer great scents include heliotrope, lavender, rosemary, and sweet alyssum.
A. Wax begonia (Begonia ‘Bada Boom Pink’)
B. Verbena ‘Tapien Plum Frost’
C. Ivy (Hedera helix ‘Eva’)
D. Scented geranium (Pelargonium ‘Lady Plymouth’)
E: Thyme (Thymus ‘Argenteus’)
Grow Up and Down
Garden designers know the power of contrast. Whether you’re contrasting colours, shapes, or sizes, make an eye-catching combo of opposites. Here, plant habits create the contrast. As a golden coleus reaches for the sky, trailing osteospermum and verbena grow with gravity.
A. Coleus (Solenostemon ‘Between the Lines’)
B. Osteospermum ‘Serenity White’
C. Verbena ‘Aztec Pearl’
Mix Foliage Tones
Be bold: Experiment with fun new plants for a flashy display of colour and interest. We love how this window box has mixed time-tested flowering favorites like verbena and calibrachoa with more unusual selections featuring beautiful foliage.
A. Verbena ‘Peaches and Cream’
B. Calibrachoa ‘Terra Cotta’
C. Flowering maple (Abutilon thompsonii‘Pictum’)
D. Flowering maple (Abutilon ‘Bella Deep Coral’)
E. Geranium (Pelargonium ‘Occold Shield’)
F. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
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Do you have any favourite combinations of flowers?