I agonize every year over what flowers I want to fill the window boxes with. The front porch gets late afternoon sun but that is when it's the strongest. The first couple years I planted impatiens which seemed to do okay but then one year they all died and I had to replant.
I decided to go with sun loving petunias which require a bit more maintenance but seem to hold up in the sun. I rolled my cart around the plant nursery for quite some time picking up different color combinations and plant varieties and this is what I settled on for this year.
Shades of Lavender & Coral
- Shockwave Electric Mix Petunia
- Callie Orange Calibrachia
- Mosaic Coleus
- Sweet Caroline Raven Sweet Potato Vine
- Margherita Sweet Potato Vine
- Tidal Wave Spreading Petunia
- Purple Verbena
My tips on choosing flowers for your pots, baskets and boxes:
- Find out what the nurseries have for the season first. I got into a bad habit of visualizing exactly what I wanted and when I got to the nursery it was always a let down because I couldn't find it. This year I went with what caught my eye first and then built around that. Sometimes the building part can take a while but that's okay.
- Look for contrasting colors and flower shapes. Once you have your main filler chosen find another variety that contrasts.
- Add some leafy taller foliage. The Mosaic Coleus is such a stunner I couldn't pass it up.
- Add some sort of vine to your planter. This year I put the Raven Sweet Potato Vine in two boxes and the Margherita Sweet Potato Vine in the other two. Ivy's are really hardy and vine really nicely. Creeping Jenny is another spiller that works well.
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