A window box garden is a lovely and simple
approach to gardening. With little time, labor, and money, window boxes are easy to
install and simple to plant. Window box gardens can be the answer for those lacking space
to garden. Window box gardening is ideal for first-time gardeners to try planting on a
small scale and under manageable conditions. Whether you are an urban or country gardener,
window box gardening offers an opportunity to bring you visual pleasure and a decorative
touch to your home.
Window Box Basics
As you would when planning any garden, the same is true, through
simplified, when window box gardening. Always choose a location that best displays your
garden with plants suited to the site. The microclimate, the environmental conditions that
exist where your window box is located, will determine what plants will thrive in your
Look at the amount of sun and shade window boxes will received
throughout the day and the different seasons. When placing the window box, think about the
sun factor and if the plants will face into the prevailing winds. Window boxes hold very
little soil, so that means frequent watering if they are in a windy spot. Where plants
face into the wind, use plants that are sturdy and compact. Check with the experts at your
local Growise Center for the best plants to fill your window boxes.
Span the Seasons With Window Boxes
Window boxes are usually in full bloom in the summertime.
However, with some advance planning you can have window boxes planted with flowers,
culinary and fragrant herbs, and vegetables from spring through summer, fall and even
winter in mild climates.
A window box display with pansy, primrose, johnny-jump-up, and
lobelia is ideal for partial shade and cool spring days. The spring blooming plants can be
lifted from the window boxes and placed in another garden spot. Then you can replant with
You might want a theme look for summer--red, white, and blue. To
achieve a special effect, you can choose from a range of soft to vibrant colored annuals.
Good in full sun are sweet alyssum, geranium, marigold, portulaca, snapdrgon, petunia, wax
begonia, china aster, dahlia, and zinnia.
For an all-white window box garden in the sun, plant all white
with geranium, petunia, sweet alyssum, and dusty miller for a restful look. A livelier
window box could be filled with red salvia, vivid yellow marigold, blue ageratum, and red
portulaca. In a shade window box, plantings of pink and white impatiens, dark purple, pale
lavender, and white lobelia, and English ivy are lovely.
By autumn, you may wish to change the window boxes. Fall's
popular chrysanthemums could be placed in pots behind any trailing ivy or vinca that were
planted in the front. Again, planning ahead is important in seasonal window box gardening.
Planting a Window Box
There are three approaches to planting--plant directly into the
box, plant in removable liners that go inside the box, or place individual potted plants
down into peat moss in the box. Boxes and liners should have drainage holes in the bottom.
Direct planting is the simplest way to plant, but can make
seasonal planting more difficult when it is time to change plants. Liners give you more
options when it is time to change plants--boxes do not need to be taken down to plant;
just slip liners into boxes. With extra liners, plant summer annuals to hold until ready
to fill boxes while spring flowers are in bloom in window boxes. Plants in individual pots
can be placed in window boxes to change a look, and houseplants can move outdoors into the
boxes. To conserve moisture and hide the tops of pots, cover pots with peat moss or
Always plant boxes from back to from, tallest plants in first at
the back; trailing and shortest ones last. Do not plant in a straight row; stagger the
plants in rows, and vary plant heights from side to side across the box and front to back.
For good potting soil your Growise Center is where you will find
what you need. All your questions on how often to fertilize and what kind to use can be
Watering is crucial in window box gardening, because only a small
amount of soil is used. If soil feels dry an inch or two into the soil, plants need water.