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Using pansies in window boxes for winter color


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Using pansies in window boxes for winter color

 Dot Fletcher loves her window planters. I call them window boxes, but they are actually made of a wire frame with coconut fiber liners. We change these planters twice a year—in the spring we plant lots of begonias, bacopa, and similar plants for summer color. In October, when the begonia plantings still look nice, we change the planters over to pansies. I love pansies because of their hardiness and their ability to give us beautiful flowers throughout the cold days of winter.

We started the project with a trip to a couple of local nurseries where we picked out just the right colors of pansies. I laid the trays of plants out on the driveway next to a tarp which would help to keep the site clean.

Repeated work with these planters has shown me that we need to change the…

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Foliage Planter


Westerose Nursery & Greenhouse

Plants and planting tips to help you create this container garden:

  • Coleus Kingswood Torch, Sedona and Pineapple
  • Ipomoea Lime, Blackie and Sweet Caroline
  • Millet Purple Baron
  • Lotus Vine
  • German Ivy
  • Vinca Vine
  • Centradenia Vine

This is an ideal low-maintenance combination for people with a partial sun location and no time for deadheading.  Millet Purple Baron is a stunning centrepiece suited to many large container designs.  The Coleus and Ipomoeas are available in a huge variety of colours and textures.  They must be protected from frost and cold nights below 5oC. Pinch the tips of the coleus to keep it bushy and feel free to trim some length off the vines whenever you want them to be shorter and bushier. Water when the top inch of soil is dry and fertilize.

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Planter in Monochromatic Pink Shades


Westerose Nursery & Greenhouse

Plants and planting tips to help you create this container garden:

  • Osteospermum Soprano Light Purple
  • Verbena Babylon Dark Pink
  • Supertunia Magenta
  • Diascia Antique Rose
  • Centradenia Vine
  • Delta Pansies
  • Phlox Intensia Orchid Blast

For lovers of pink and green!  Just look at the variety of shades of pink and textures of the blooms and foliage.  Plant in full sun or some shade; water when top inch of soil is dry; deadhead spent blooms; fertilize.  Since the first 4 plants listed here are Proven Winners, this combination will require plenty of fertilizer.  Add 2 tablespoons of slow release fertilizer (14-14-14) to the top of the soil after planting.  This will release over a 3 month period.   Also fertilize weekly with Miracle Gro or 20-20-20.

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Shade Planter with Orange and Yellow Begonias


Westerose Nursery & Greenhouse

Plants and planting tips to help you create this container garden:

  • Non-Stop Begonias
  • Torenia Catalina Gilded Grape
  • Coleus Skyfire

This easy care, low maintenance planter will brighten up the shadiest of locations.  It is relatively drought tolerant too…do not overwater.  When planting begonias, make sure you mound the soil slightly so that water does not pool around the base of the stems.  To keep the Coleus bushy, pinch the growing tips from time to time and remove blossoms when they appear.  Protect this planter from frost or extremely cold nights by bringing it inside.   This cedar planter will retain water better and last longer if it is lined with plastic before filling with soil.  A large black garbage bag will do.  Remember to poke holes through the plastic and make sure there is a hole in the bottom of the pot for drainage.  Water when top inch of soil is…

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The colorful winter garden


The Amazing World of Conifers

We have been enjoying a surprising number of mostly dry and partially sunny days the past several weeks with only the occasional instances of pouring rain. Along with these dryer winter days come colder temperatures, which I don’t mind since the colder the winter garden, the more intense the colors become in several of my conifers.

Anyone who has had the opportunity to acquire a Pinus contorta ‘Chief Joseph’ as certainly by now seen the super-bright yellow of his winter glow. I’ve mentioned in the past that ‘Chief Joseph’ tends to sit quietly in the background through the growing season, when other plants are taking center stage. This is the time of year when the Chief quietly steps forward and commands full attention of anyone within view. The intensity of his bright yellow color seems to grow stronger as winter gets colder. He’s shining very brightly in my garden right…

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White Monochromatic Planter


Westerose Nursery & Greenhouse

Plants and planting tips to help you create this container garden:

  • Petunia Easy Wave White
  • Dracena
  • Lobelia Laguna White

All-white planters can look washed out in full sun, but great at night! Laguna Lobelia does not dry out as quickly as seed grown lobelias. Full or part sun; water when top inch of soil is dry; deadhead spent blooms; fertilize.

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Planter in Primary Colours


Westerose Nursery & Greenhouse

Plants and planting tips to help you create this container garden:

  • Osteospermum Lemon Symphony
  • Calibrachoa Coralberry Punch & Red:  also called “Million Bells”
  • Euphorbia Diamond Frost
  • Delta Mix Pansies
  • Lobelia Laguna Sky blue trailer

Do not overwater Euphorbia or Calibrachoa; use a well-drained porous soilless mix. Full sun or part shade; water when top inch of soil is dry; deadhead spent blooms; fertilize.

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