To create the best effect you need to plan your window-box carefully. You have to decide on the best plants for its, themo st suitable and also a colour scheme.
To create an effective arrangement it is usually best to mix plant sizes and shapes. However don’t choose tall plants unless you want to obliterate your view outside. A maximum height of around 30cm (12in) is best with some smaller bushy plants and trailers to tumble over the window-box edges.
Remember that your window-box will be viewed from both sides. Although plants grow to fill the space, you need a surprising number if you aim for an overflowing mass of colour. A window-box 90cm (36in) long can easily contain 15 plants.
- Plastic and fibreglass boxes are light to move and the soil in them will dry out less quickly.
- Terracotta will provide you with an attractive rustic look.
- Wood is the best material if you intend to make your own box.
Looking after your window box
- Where there is no sill fix a box to brackets. For safety secure all boxes.
- In hot weather water daily, in early morning or evening.
- Dead head regularly and plants will flower longer.
A sunny position is ideal as mostlove a sunny spot. Remember to water plants frequently.
For a partially shady area there is still a good choice. Some suggestions are Begonias, Fuchsia, Campanula,, , Night Scented Stock and Day Lilies.
It is more difficult to find plants that will flower in full shade so why not use a green and cream scheme, picking decorative leafed Hostas, variegated, Ferns, London Pride, plus Lily-of-the-Valley.
Although a haphazard riot of colour does have a certain charm, it is usually better to work to a colour scheme. Bear in mind the window’s surroundings, both inside and out. Take into account interior decoration, outside wall colour, nearby climbers and hanging baskets.
Window-boxes don’t have to be planned only around colour. A selection ofin a kitchen window-box allows you to pick what you need when you need it. Alternatively, turn your box into a miniature salad garden and grow Bush Tomatoes, some of the decorative
One colour: This can be effective if you use a colour in all its tones. Adding white: The addition of white to a one-colour scheme makes the colour appear purer, and highlights it. Using blending colours: Choose colours close in the spectrum, pink and blue or orange and yellow or orange and red can be every effective. Contrasting colours: These produce a real splash. Put blue with red or with yellow.
Colour round the year
Use a basis of small, hardy evergreens like Ivies,like Rosemary and Bay and perhaps a couple of Dwarf Conifers. Then add flowering plants in season. Bring them on in until buds are formed and then sink the pot into the box of . They can then be removed and replaced when flowering finishes.
- Spring bulbs can be followed by summer flowers like Geraniums and Petunias and these in turn can be replaced by Asters or .
- Cut-and-come-again lettuces like Red Lollo and Green Oak- plus Chives, Basil, Rocket and Nasturtiums for colour and salad decoration.
- Consider a box of plants picked for their wonderful perfume — , Petunias, Night Scented Stock, . Or you could grow a range of or flowers to attract butterflies.