How to plant a mixed color window box for summer color.


Johntheplantman's stories, musings, and gardening.

 Christine  (my wonderful daughter-in-law to be) asked if I would do some articles on planters for summer color. I view a request from that source as very important, so here goes. I will start a series with this article on mixed color window boxes.

When choosing plants for a mixed planter I like to follow the principles of Ikebana. One of the rules involves the three levels of creation, Heaven (tall), Man,(medium height) and Earth (low). The other consideration is compatibility. The plants need to be chosen with similar light and moisture needs (usually plants that like shade or those that tolerate full sun). For the planters in this article, I have chosen plants that will tolerate full sun—Angelonia (purple and white for “Heaven”), fibrous begonias (pink and white, for “Man”) and a mixture of bacopa and annual verbena for “Earth.” The verbena will fill in below the begonias…

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