This look is romantic and colorful. It works on a large patio area where you have lots of room to plant and grow potted flowers. As you can see in the photo is also works where space is limited and you must utilize every inch. Enjoy a early morning cup of coffee sitting at this table or a romantic dinner for two. Either way this look is sure to please.
Starting from left you have:
The pink is a popular bloodleaf grown mostly for foliage, loves full sun.
Next is the arrow shaped saliva leaves that will open to spires of long purple flowers. Then comes the blue Brazilian verbena already in flower and shown inside a terracotta clay rectangle planter. We love this flower. The climber on the trellis is a showy pink mandevilla vine that flaunts gorgeous trumpet shaped flowers as the vine scales the wall. The window box planter on the window is filled with shade tolerant pink impatiens. These are so popular and great for garden containers of all sizes. The dark green climber on the back trellis is a green glossy gardenia leaf that will bloom a white blossom and the smell is heavenly. Lastly are the planter boxes along the railing that are filled with the love annuals called petunias in a mix of pinks and purples.
See how easy this is to create - give it a go and tell us how it worked for you!
Watering plants in decorative containers may seem like it's a simple task. However, to do it correctly is an acquired art and a very important one at that. You cannot leave it entirely to nature because rain tends to bounce off the leaves of the healthiest plants and doesn't soak into the soil at all.
This obviously can create quite the problems.
Garden pottery that is planted and placed outside can dry out quickly on roasting hot days. Wind is also very damaging to them and will dry them out just as fast as not watering at all. Plants in the ground have a root systems that can spread and find water sources that a potted plant can't get to.
When it gets really warm you may even have to water two times a day instead of one. You need to keep checking the conditions of the soil and make the adjustments necessary.
Here are a few tips to help make this process less complicated and more interesting. Stick you finger in it!!! That's right. Just stick a finger in the soil and test for moisture. Another way is to keep an eye on the leaves and look for wilting or brown spots.
Try to water the potted flowers first thing in the morning so that the water doesn't evaporate in the afternoon heat before it has a chance to bathe the roots. Morning not good? then water at night after the sun goes down. Just avoid over watering, which can bring on disease and pest from rotting roots.
The best water is rainwater or cold water. If you water is really hard you can even boil it but this isn't really necessary. Don't allow your potted plants to get waterlogged. Make sure there is a drain hole in the planter you choose or drill one in. If you use a saucer tip it after a half hour if still full of run off water.
For window boxes take your time watering. Make sure you don't just wet the top 2 inches of soil. Wait till the water comes out the bottom and the container compost remains moist. Get all corners of the box and not just the center. This will keep the roots from bunching in the middle and stunting their growth. Use the whole planter!
Hanging baskets are lovely in spring and summer but they need daily watering so don't start one if you can't make the commitment. On very hot days you should water morning and evening. Since they are suspended out in the elements they take a lot of abuse and welcome a tender hand. You can even take them down and immerse them in a large bucket of water if the do dry out. In the cooler fall months water only when dry.
Lastly, give your potted plants and flowers a little spray. All plants like to feel clean cold water on their leaves, flowers and stems. You don't want to be heavy handed here so using a spray bottle is the best way to do it. A gently mist that surrounds the plant is what you want. When using a watering can on the roots you want to make sure the soil is moist but getting a light mist on the plants is perfect!!
Below are listed some easy to grow window box plants. They are colorful, hardy and fragrant. Give them a try and let us know how it works out for you.
This low growing succulent like annual, stands up to the heat and bright light. It's long lasting lovely flowers, which open in the morning and close in the afternoon, are shaped like tiny roses. They come in single hues, including bright and pastel shades, as well as color mixes. These are great for terracotta or black clay pots that are mono-tone in color and can use a splash of color. Water moderately and allow the soil to dry out between watering. Blooms appear in late spring through late fall.
JOHNNY-JUMP-UP (Viola tricolor)
This herbaceous perennial puts out miniature pansylike blooms in a purple, yellow and white combination. A profuse self-seeder it is ideal for bringing color into your planters in winter and spring. We advise planting these in a glazed, polyresin or high fired piece of pottery. That way it can hold up to the harsh elements of winter without breaking down. Try to place the planter in sun or partial shade and use rich soil. Remove spend blooms to prolong flowering.
Also know as pot marigold, this annual has aromatic leaves and produces daisylike leaves and flowers in bright shades of yellow and orange. It is self seeding and make a long lasting cut flower. When you fill a window box planter with just this type of flower it offers striking color and grows in a mass of blooms. This is a garden favorite and can be planted in any type of planter.
APTENIA RED APPLE (Aptenia cordifolia)
Often referred to as hearts and flowers, this hardy succulent with heart shaped leaves blooms from spring through fall in colors ranging from bright red to pinkish purple. This baby is hardy and can be propagated from cuttings that usually take root in about 3 weeks. Outside a kitchen window is stunning. It adds bursts of color that will decorate your window box from the inside & outside.