One of my very first blog posts was about my window box and how I fill it up for winter. Yikes, that seems so long ago! But I’ve survived the long winter, and it’s time to fill the window box for summer.
It runs the full length of my front porch, which faces the street. So I give it full priority each season because it is the mainstay of my curb appeal.
For the past several years I’ve been filling it with coleus in a mix bright lime greens and dark wine colors.
As you can see, they fill in nicely and do really well out there. My house faces north, so I have somewhat limited options. Big bloomers that love full sun aren’t at home there.
I tend to pick plants more for their foliage rather than their blooms anyway. That’s just the way I roll.
I wanted to change it up this year though, so I searched for some pinspiration and found this.
More subdued. All shade loving plants. I went a little more monochromatic and left the hot pink impatiens out of my mix.
I added some white and green Caladium and some Euphorbia.
Euphorbia likes at least part sun, so I’m taking a chance that it will do well here, but I love its ethereal quality.
I also used a fern that I discovered last year at Bachmans called Nephrolepis Jester’s Crown. It’s a little more compact and upright than the fern in my inspiration photo.
I have a little tip for you if you garden in the burbs like I do, head outside at 7 a.m. No one else is out and about so the neighborhood is quiet, the birds are singing, there is amazing light for photos and it’s just all around sublime.
Here are my tools of the trade. Coffee in my favorite Disney mug, plants, gloves. In that order.
Have I mentioned that my window box is clad in some old metal crown molding that I purchased at Oronoco Gold Rush? It started out painted white (as you can see in the first photo above), but it has chipped to reveal a layer of blue and then rusted in a most magnificent fashion.
So, here it is all planted. I confess, I have artfully arranged these photos so that you can’t see how really sparse it looks right now. Also, I faked it with the Caladium. They are still in their pots because they tend to be very sensitive to the cold, and just in case we get one more cold snap here in Minnesota, I need to be able to pull them out and put them in the house overnight.
In another month or so it will fill in and the plants will spill over a bit. By the end of summer it will be bursting with white impatiens. I’ll try to remember to share some more photos with you then.