4 tips for creating beautiful and interesting window boxes

One of the things people often comment on when they visit our garden center in the spring and summer is the great looking window boxes, hanging baskets and container gardens we plant and sell in our garden center.

Sue Dail, a key member of our garden center team, has planted thousands of containers and baskets for our customers over the years and she has some tips on how to create your own great looking combinations.

1) Consider the size of your container. The size of your container and the types of plants you are using make a difference. “Most plants will grow 3 to 4 times larger by the end of the season, so leaving some room for growth is important,” says Sue. “If you are using our Proven Winner® plants, which are bred for more vigorous growth than other varieties, you’ll need to use fewer plants, so you ultimately save money.” Sue recommends using 5 Proven Winner plants in a 24” window box. If you are using other varieties of plants, use 7 or 8 plants in a 24” window box.

2) Variations on a theme: Play with a single variety or a single color. “Great looking planters can be created using a single variety of plants, such as Supertunias®, in one or more colors,” says Sue. “Or pick a color and create visual interest by mixing plants with the same color blooms but different growing habits.” One of her favorite themes is to mix trailing plants and plants that have some height. Sue recommends mixing Superbells® and verbena.

3) Have fun with texture. Another variation is to choose plants that like the same conditions, but have different foliage textures and or colors. “Try combining bacopa, osteospermum and koleus,” says Sue. “Or euphorbia and phlox.”

4) Think beyond looking pretty - eat it! Your planter can look good as well as taste good if you choose plants you can eat. “Create a kitchen garden container by combining herbs such as chives, thyme and basil. You might even add edible flowers,” suggests Sue. “Or give new meaning to the phrase “salad bowl” by planting up different varieties of lettuce in a round container.” Pinch the leaves to create a salad to eat and then watch a new salad grow!

In the spring and summer visit our garden center and choose from the thousands of plants we have been growing for you, as well as Coast of Maine’s soils, plant foods and gardening amendments.

We also create custom planters and window boxes filled with plants that suit your needs. Just call us and we will make something beautiful for you.

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