Window Box Gardens

It use to be the gardening standard that once May 24th came you could safely begin planting out your tender annuals and vegetables without the fear of frost. Now with the climate changing people are usually waiting until the weekend following the Victoria Day holiday. I like to play it extra safe and wait one more weekend after that.

Planting away

Planting away

Each year when I put together my hanging window boxes I try to use at least one plant that I’ve never used or haven’t used in a while. I always plant Bacopa to drape over either end of the planter and I use a different variety of ivy to hang down from the middle. Bacopa is one of my favourite annuals to use in hanging baskets because of its fullness and eventual size. I filled the rest of the planter with a variety of shades of pink and purple impatiens and it was my centre plant that I decided to try something different.

The common plant people use to create height when making their own baskets is the spiked grass Dracaena. I prefer to create that visual effect with taller flowers that will add more colours to the overall final product.

african-daisyThis year I used the African Daisy, Osteospermum. This pretty flower is part of the Daisy family and comes in shades of white, yellow, pink and purple. It will grow up to 18″ tall in the full sun and makes an excellent cut flower. I chose purple ones to go along with the colours of my impatiens.

It may be easier for some to go out and purchase pre-made baskets and window boxes but if you like experimenting with new flowers and discovering you inner floral designer then try making them yourself. The final product will always be rewarding.

The final product.

The final product.

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