Planting Window Boxes:
Flowers, Tips some Great Ideas!
boxes is the perfect solution for those living in apartments, flats or
even houses where they wish to brighten up the facades with a little
color. They are a joy to both the owner and the visitor as they bloom
spring through to late summer. It is certainly not too late to plant
out a window box for those of you already hurtling into
boxes give your house character, make them look great and break up a
boring symmetrical front, softening the view from outside.
window boxes are not just for decoration, they can also be very
functional. Planting window boxes with certain herbs will deter flies
and mosquitoes from coming into your house.
Window boxes will
also allow those that live in flats and townhouses the opportunity to
grow and harvest herbs for their kitchens. Parsley, thyme, chives,
oregano, rosemary, basil and sage can all be grown in window boxes.
your window boxes with certain plants can also be used
to attract bees, bumble bees and many other
insects. The yellow and white "poached egg flower" for example will
attract hoverflies and lacewings which eat aphids.
Why do Most People Fail at
Window Box Gardening?
A well-planted widow box
planting window boxes in the past have failed to
succeed with the end results seldom looking as to what they
originally had in mind. "It looks
easy," said someone the other day, "when you see somebody
else's window box
just running over with vines, but when you come to try it
yourself you wake up to the fact that there's a knack to it that most
us fail to discover.
I've tried my best, for the last three years, to
have such window boxes as my neighbor has, and I haven't found out
yet. I invest in the plants that are supposed to be best for
window-box culture. I plant them, and then I coax them and coddle them.
I fertilize them and I shower them, but they stubbornly refuse to do
well. They start off all right, but by
they ought to be doing
great things they begin to look rusty, and it isn't long before they
look so sickly and forlorn that I feel like putting them out of their
misery by dumping them in the ash-heap."
Perhaps many of you have
already tried your hand at planting window boxes and even porch boxes
and had the same dismal results. The problem is that 99 times out of
with window-boxes is due to just one thing: People let their window box
simply because they do not give them enough water. Because
are in a container they dry out far quicker than if the plants were in
It is not enough to just
wet the surface of the soil, thinking that there is enough moisture
below. What is happening is that only the first inch or two is wet, and
the roots system below is in fact very dry with no water at all.
explains why the plants start off well because while the window box
and small their roots are close to the surface, and as long as they
remain in that condition they grow well enough, but as soon as they
attempt to send their roots down, as all plants do, after the earlier
stages of growth—they find no moisture, and in a short time they die.
There is no danger of
over-watering, for all surplus water will run off
through the holes in the box, provided for drainage. Therefore when
planting window boxes make sure that you water them very well and
give them a thorough soaking everyday. If you do, you will find that
you will have the success you have been looking for.
Planting Window Boxes:
What are the Best Type of
It isn't the box that
your plants grow
in that counts for much. It's the care you give while they are in the
box. Of course the soil
ought to be fairly rich with some good compost, and a small amount of
blood and bone. Also make sure that you feed your plants with a plant
feed from time to time. However, don't overfeed, as you don't want to
force your plants to grow too quickly.
Planting Window Boxes:
What are the Best Window
You can use almost
any kind of plant when planting window boxes. Drooping plants are
to have as they trail over the sides of the
box, and add that touch of grace which is characteristic of all
bloom freely throughout the season should be
chosen in preference to shy and short-season bloomers. Geraniums,
Petunias, Verbenas, Fuchsias, Salvias, Heliotropes, Paris Daisies — all
these are excellent.
When planting widow boxes
you can also use vines. Vines that will grow well
are Glechoma, green, with yellow
variegation—Vinca Harrisonii, also green and
German Ivy, Tradescantia, Thunbergia, and Othonna.
A combination of
plants with richly-colored foliage is especially nice for boxes on
the porch or veranda, where showiness is what you want. In these boxes
larger plants can be used than one would plant at the
window. Here is where Cannas and Caladiums will be found very effective.
Ferns, like the Boston and
Pierson varieties, are excellent for planting window boxes
get a lot of sun because of their graceful drooping and spreading
habit. They combine well with pink-and-white Fuchsias, rose-colored Ivy
Geraniums, and the white Paris Daisy. Petunias—the single sorts
only—are also good, because they bloom
constantly, and have enough of the droop in them to make them as useful
in covering the sides of the box as they are in spreading over its
Planting Window Boxes: How
big should Window
A foot in width, a foot in
depth, and the length of the window frame to
which it is to be attached is a good size for the average window box.
Great care must be taken to see that it is securely fastened to the
frame, and that it is given a strong support, for the amount of earth
will contain will be of considerable weight when well saturated with
Veranda or Porch
boxes, in which
larger plants are to be used, should be
considerably deeper and wider than the ordinary window box. Any size
that you want to have should be large enough to hold a
of soil to grow whatever plants you want to use. If your plants grow as
they ought to no one can tell,
by midsummer, whether your box cost ten dollars or ten cents. If it is
of wood, give it a coat of some neutral-colored paint before you fill
Planting Window Boxes
Ideally your window box
will be right outside your kitchen window and
easily accessible to you when you want a snip of herbs for your meal.
And if it isn't, what does it matter? As long as you can get
care, water and harvest your herbs when you need them, they can be
placed outside any window of your apartment.
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