Last edited by Brooks; 04-25-2014 at 02:09 PM.
Hey everyone! Does anybody have any tips for window boxes? I told my mother I'd help her out with some because I'm the "gardener" of the family but I'd love some advice if y'all have some. I've heard about putting sponges in the bottom to keep in moisture. Has anyone done that?
I've heard of putting diapers in flower boxes or large planters. Sponges would make sense, too.
My male cat found the spot where I had several catnip plants growing last year. He keeps rolling around on it, even though I don't think it's started to grow yet. I hope he hasn't ripped it up.
Count your blessings!
Other than that, keep a filled watering can or two nearby at all times. It's pretty easy to say "oh, I'll water them later" and then forget (I'm guilty of this!), but if the can is right there, you're more likely to do it!
Plants that can tolerate a little heat and drought are a good idea too if you are looking to plant full sun.
Try to plant a mixture of flowers with similar watering and nutrient requirements as well.
I have enough gardening on my hands without window boxes, but I adore them. Would love to see pictures of the finished product.
I hang window boxes from the rail of my deck. I make sure the drainage holes in the bottom of the boxes are open and then put broken pottery or stones over them so that dirt doesn't compact there are hamper the drainage. I usually do a combination of upright plants like geraniums or marigolds and trailing plants. I love the "Rave" or Wave" petunias. For the box on my front porch, which is in shade, I have the most success with impatiens. Frequent watering during the hot, dry summer months is a must.
This is a view from my bedroom window a few years ago.
Whoever said diamonds are a girls best friend...never owned a dog.
So pretty photobabe. Wave petunias are a favorite of mine. To me some of the prettiest boxes and planters are the ones that use simple combinations.
I wish everyone would post more pictures of their gardens. It's fun to look at each others ideas. We have some very talented people on FoRT.
Thanks for the tips, everyone! Moisture control soil looks like something I'll have to look into. I'm working on a lime green and red/purple/pink color scheme. I'm hoping to include some sweet potato vine, coleus, and impatiens. I might try out some petunias as well since a few of you seem to like those. I'll try to upload some photos later in the season when it fills out a little bit.
The plant combination sounds lovely.
Have you thought about adding some small leaved trailing or dainty flowered plants in the mix? They would look nice in combination with the coarser plants you have selected.
I love to use Creeping Jenny (Moneywort), a bright lime green groundcover, in planters. I've also had good luck using Trailing Verbena, Million Bells and Lantana.
Those sound wonderful. I was looking for something with some smaller leaves but I had been running across silver foliage which didn't fit my color scheme. Creeping Jenny seems to fit perfectly though! I'm excited to see how the lime green stands out against the red and dark purple of the other plants I'm planning to include. Thanks for the suggestions!