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The best plants for summer window boxes

Window boxes are a lovely addition to any home in fact there aren’t many properties where a window box would look out of place, which is in fact very similar to window window shutters!

These wonderful window accessories can really add something to your property and if you are looking to sell your home, in the same way that shutters do, they really do add curb appeal. Additionally, a window box is a great way to marry living plant material to your architecture, plus you can make them as colourful or as edible as you wish!

Here are some of the best plants for summer window boxes:

Full of colour
shutterstock_96950972dow boxes. If you have a box that is in sun for most of the day there are certain plants that you can fill your window box with that will thrive in these conditions. Perfect flowers are impatiens, bush fuchsia, marigolds, alyssum, geraniums and million bells.
All of the above come in variety of colours so you can pick and chose to make your box as bright and colourful as you wish. Best Homes and Gardens have some great top tips in this article: https://www.bhg.com/gardening/container/plans-ideas/plant-combinations-for-sunny-spot-window-boxes/

Trailing blooms

As well as all the lovely plants above it’s quite a good idea to add some trailing plants into the mix. Trailing plants will spill over the side of your box adding extra interest and vibrancy to your walls. Not many vines or climbers survive in a container environment, but the Black Eye Susan Vine has the right combination of exuberance and restraint that really does add a new dimension to any window box or hanging basket. Wonderful trailing blooms are lobelia, petunia and trailing fuchsia.

Again, most of these plants come in an array of bright colours. For an eye-catching display use plants of the same variety and colour such as the petunia in one box and wait for the result – you won’t be disappointed.

Shady sills

Even if your window ledge does not have much sunshine there are still a number of plants who will thrive in a cooler, shadier spot. Look out for busy lizzies, fuchsia marinka, forget-me-nots and for a trailing plant why not chose an ivy or two. Some of the plants which love summer sun will also grow in the shade such as impatiens and petunias. If you are unsure, visit your local garden center who will be able to offer advice about plant selection and also choosing the right soil.

The BBC website has some great advice and plant recommendations for shadier boxes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/plant_windowbox1.shtml#five_plants_for_a_sunny_spot
But no matter what your choice of plant ends up being, make sure you keep your window boxes watered and feed them when needed, especially in the rising temperatures we are experiencing this week.

Next week we are going to explore the best edible plants you can grow in your window box!

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