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Plants for Window Boxes


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
(Portulaca grandiflora)
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.   
(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.
(Calendula officinalis)
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 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.
Water only when dry and fertilize as necessary.
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Post Last Updated: 12/20/2016 4:48:37 PM 

Plant This Window Box

There are many ways to plant a windowbox container but here a few brief tips that we think may help.

Choose a container that has holes in the bottom for drainage.  Drainage is important for most types of flowers, grasses or plants that you would want to decorate with, so plan ahead.  What is really fun is changing out the planting materials for each season or holiday.  This is a easy and fun way to decorate the front of your home or entry.

Use all purpose potting soil.  Packing peanuts in the bottom of the planter
help minimize weight.  We sell other materials that work  - like our Pot Filler.  The point is to make the hanging planter as light as possible.  Don't fill the bottom with pot shards or gravel since the added weight could effect the hanging ability.
Mix in a slow release fertilizer, such as Osmocote, which provides nutrients to plants for several months.  Trying to fertilize after you have placed the plant materials inside is hard to do.  It is much easier to change out the soil and fertilizer each time you change the flowers.

Moisten the potting soil thoroughly.  Don't skimp when it comes to the first watering.  This helps to compact the soil, releasing air pockets that can cause problems.  Make sure to keep watering after the plants or flowers are planted.  A container that is hanging off a window ledge is exposed to more wind and weather elements so make sure you water to keep the soil from drying out.

Select plants according to preferred light exposure and how frequently you will be able to water.  Space them closely for a full  look.  Add something to trail over the planter's edge.  We love a trailing ivy that extends the length of the plant materials and adds character to every display.

Post Last Updated: 1/4/2017 4:31:36 PM 

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