Choosing the right plant combinations for window boxes is a fairly simple matter when you know what kind of box you have and what kinds of plants you would like to grow. Most plants will make a nice addition to any window box garden and will also make an attractive accent to your home. Choosing which plants go together best can be a little trickier than you think though, but there are some good tricks that can help narrow down your choices.
The first thing you need to decide is what type of theme you want for your plants in combination with your window boxes. You should look at the plant’s differences when it comes to time of bloom, texture, color, or size to help narrow down the choices. If you’re growing lavender, for example, you may want to choose another plant for the same space, just as a rule of thumb.
There are a couple other considerations to keep in mind when choosing plant combinations for window boxes. Because the space in your window box may be pretty small, it’s important to find plants that fit and not seem to be fighting with each other. You don’t want to have flowers of the same color running up against each other, or large plants clinging to each other for warmth or shade. You also don’t want plants that will overlap each other; consider their shape, or the distance between the leaves, to determine how much of a problem this may become.
You also want to consider the amount of sunlight each combination plant choices get. Because plant growth depends on how much light they get, it’s important to consider the amount of sunlight each plant gets. It’s often better to grow two similar colors next to each other than two very different colors next to each other. This way you get more sunshine but still have some variety in color and texture.
What kinds of soil do you have? In combination with which kind of soil you want your plants to grow in? Some plants prefer a slightly loamy or sandy soil, and others prefer a richer soil, but these differences are generally minor and shouldn’t be an issue.
When you choose your plants for window boxes, make sure that they grow well in a sunny location. You also need to make sure that the plants you choose are not going to suffer from frost, or have problems with bugs, diseases, or winter loss. You will probably also want to go with native plants, and not invasive species.
Finally, you will need to check the quality of the growing medium before planting. Plants can often dry out and die because of poor growing mediums. You will want to be sure that you use a good medium that is not only easily transplantable, but will still thrive in your window box. You will also want to plant in pots or planters, so that you can remove them in case they become too dry or are damaged in the elements.
Planting plants in your window boxes is an easy process. With the right plants, good growing conditions, and a little care, you will have beautiful plants that will make a great addition to your home.