Gardening

Spring Window Box Display

I'm hoping this week brought the the last snow of the season here in Colorado Springs. I'm not banking on it - just hoping. So I'd like to share with you one home improvement plan for this Spring that I've long desired to create - a window box for our front walk. My favorite city in the USA is the beautiful Charleston, SC. I would visit it every spring if I could just to stroll down the streets and gaze at the window boxes dripping with lush flowering plants. Everything about that city makes me feel happy. The architecture, the courtyards, the history, the window boxes. I could settle there and never move again (but only if I lived in one of those architecturally rich downtown homes!).

Here I am in Charleston with one of my best friends, Angela, back in 2010.

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Angela

And again in 2012 with my sister and first born. I visited twice that year (because it never gets old!).

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I feel it's time to bring some of Charleston here to Colorado Springs. It's time to make our homes our haven. And for me, a haven home has window boxes.

Below you see that we have a good 10-12" of white trim underneath our window. I plan to purchase the window boxes, but I will have to make a french cleat to secure them to the trim. I haven't quite decided which plants will fill these planters, but I do know I'll plant a grass for height, a couple flowering plants for color and filler, and a cascading plant (most likely creeping jenny).

The flower bed below will compliment the window box once the weather gets warmer. I have hostas, boxwoods, and a ground cover plant in that bed all starting to show green!

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Window Box Inspiration

I appreciate how this particular "grass" (called wispy gaurs) adds height as well as colorful bits of flowers. The golden creeping jenny cascading down is a long time favorite ground cover of mine.

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This tall grass provides a sort of privacy screen through the window. I believe the chartreuse cascading plant with broad leaves is called a sweet potato vine. Isn't it so cheerful? It's broken up with another cascading plant in a deeper green I believe to be called bacopa.

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There are plenty of window box displays out there that I could drool over for hours, but these two displays in particular embody the colors, volume, and variation that I'm looking for.

On another spring planting side note, this little guy lives in my living room. I had a beautiful Japanese something-or-other plant growing out of his head for almost two years. Over this past winter though, one by one each branch started to wither and die (see dead, crispy leaves below). Oh well. At least he gets to try out a new look this year! I'm thinking this fiber-optic rush is a fun and funky choice.

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Tell me your plans for spring gardening this year! Any window boxes?