The window boxes outside my breakfast room window are just beautiful! In this heat there is not lots of lushness in my garden, but I can always count on the plants here to look good. I don't have anything that blooms here--just greenery. Over the years the boxes have changed looks many times. I have tried so many different plants, but discovered that what works best is a mixture of many things.
There are 2 boxes resting on brackets. My husband made the boxes for me trying to match the cedar on the house--which it does!
"airplane" plants from the 70's? That's what I started with. But I must confess--I thought I was buying Liriope grass! I just grabbed them up quickly at Home Depot one day. Pleasant surprise as they have worked so well!
What makes the window boxes the most fun, is that I go around my yard and pinch off this and that, then just stick it right in the dirt. I have to make sure I water enough, but they are easy to water. There is very little sun because of the tree, so I only use shade plants.
Coleus is one of the best plants to "stick" in the boxes. I have so many different kinds of coleus--their color really adds to all the green.
I also pinch off my wandering jew and nestle it somewhere.
Last year I pinched off some ivy (I think it might be swedish ivy, but I am not sure.) I thought it was dead back in the spring, but it was not and it has grown and grown!
These little window boxes give me so much pleasure and fun. I think they are without a doubt one of my favorite things. They are very simple, didn't really cost anything, but they hold a very special place in my heart!
"It's the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature." Laura Ingalls Wilder