Garden Design Ideas / October 12, 2018 / Andrea Dupont.
With the frantic pace of today's society, it is no wonder that many people feel that they don't have enough time to garden. After all, gardening involves turning over a patch of earth, bags, and bags of smelly manure and tons of mulch, not to mention an hour or two of daily weeding and watering, right? Well, even the busiest person can find the time to garden on a small scale.
If you have been pining away at the thought of not having enough time to garden until you reach your golden years, why not create an oasis in a window box? After all, window boxes can be installed and planted in just a few hours, and they only require a few minutes of daily care.
Window boxes come in a wide range of materials and styles, so it is simple to find a window box that will look great with your home. For more formal dwellings, wrought iron window boxes or resin boxes that are made to look like precious stone are ideal. These boxes come in a variety of colors and can look quite lovely, especially once they are overflowing with plants.
Once you choose a window box, you will need to install the brackets. Don't worry. It is a simple task that only should take ten to fifteen minutes. After all, you certainly don't want your window box garden to fall to the ground because they a fastened right suddenly!
With the brackets in place, you can begin. If you long for a garden crammed with blossoms, then you probably want to fill your window box with flowering plants. If you're going to enjoy fresh vegetables without breaking your budget, you may want to choose vegetable plants. For a person who spends much time in the kitchen, a window box filled with herbs may be the best choice. Of course, if all you want is to see a bit of green, you can plant a few dwarf conifers, instead.
For a window box filled with flowers, try a few of these window box favorites. Geraniums have been a favorite window box flower for centuries. Marigolds and petunias provide non stop summer bloom. Carnations, smaller dahlias, and pansies are also good window box choices. When you are buying your flowering plants, don't forget to add a few foliage plants for contrast. Foliage plants are plants that a grown for their leaves instead of their flowers. Some good choices are small hostas, Dusty Miller, and sweet potato vines.
If you want to grow vegetables, take a look at lettuce, cabbage, spinach, onions, carrots, patio tomatoes, peas, and bush beans. Many herbs are ideal for a window box. Why not plant a themed herb window box? Oregano, basil, and parsley are excellent choices for an Italian themed herb garden. Sage, thyme, and rosemary are perfect for chicken and fish lovers. If you would like to create potpourri, you may want to try lavender, lemongrass, and rosemary.
Finally, if you want a box filled with green, try many pines, dwarf Alberta spruce bushes, or liriope plants. Mix a good quality potting mix with water retaining crystals. These crystals will prevent your plants from drying out too quickly and will do gardening in your window box even quicker and more comfortable. Fill your window box with potting soil, stopping several inches from the top. Carefully, place your plants in the box and fill in the space around the plants' roots.