Monday, 15 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
The new autumn planting plan for your windowbox has just been released at Garden Boutique.
Each season, a new window box planting plan is designed for customers by leading UK garden designer Alice Bowe
This planting plan comes free with every window box purchase - and with both traditional and adventurous planting suggestions on every planting plan, it's a great idea for an original birthday gift
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Galvanized zinc window boxes are a garden classic - and these gorgeous versions with their chunky lip are great value.
Available as a 40cm Galvanized Zinc window box or a 60cm Galvanized Zinc window box
If you choose shade loving plants for a window box on a south or west-facing wall, the foliage will get scorched in the high light levels; and plants that thrive in full sun will grow tall and leggy in a northern exposure.
SHADE LOVING PLANTS FOR A NORTH FACING WINDOW BOX
If you are planting a shady windowbox, try:
Hellebores - I particularly like H. orientalis 'Ballards Hybrids' but there are some lovely ones to choose from
Hosta - try mixing a few different sized hostas in the same planting for a lush effect
Fern's such as Polystichum Aculeatum (Hardy Shield Fern) and Adiantum (Maidenhair Fern) or even Asparagus falcatus (Asparagus Fern}
Shade loving herbs such as Parsley, Chive and Mint
Pansy - classic window box plant
Ivy - great for evergreen structure throughout the year
Fuschia - Elegant in hot pink or white
Hydrangea - looks great with ferns if you can get them small
PLANTS FOR A SOUTH OR WEST FACING WINDOWBOX
If you are planting a sunny windowbox, try:
Lavender - classic when planted on it's own
Salvia - long flowering
Nasturtium - great for trailing over the side of your window box, and edible flowers too!
Sun loving herbs such as Basil, Oregano and Thyme
Strawberries - I particularly like to combine alpine strawberries with erigeron karviscianus
Verbena - another great long flowering essential
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
These mini show gardens range from the edible window box:
Roy Strong's zinc window box shown above - inspired by Beatrice Potter and Mr McGregor!
To the low maintenance window box:
This sumptuous planting was created by top garden designer Arabella Lennox Boyd and features pelargonium 'Lord Bute' and Helichrysum petiolare 'Silver' for summer long interest
To a miniature version of Versaille in a windowbox - created by Paul Cooper and Bonita Bulaitis
Find out more, and see the other windowbox creations in the Telegraph article of 2003
Buy your very own aged zinc window box from Garden Boutique and send us your designs!
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Italians seriously win at flowering balconies and window boxes...
I came across this great group on Flickr - and there are some really inspirational pictures...
I'm off to Rome in October - and can't wait to discover new ideas to share
It really does go to prove that it's as much about the window as the planting!!!
But for those of you who are still keen to enjoy the real thing, you can recreate this look with ease.
Simply combine purple petunias, argyranthemum (I like 'Vancouver' or 'Petite Pink' , Lobelia (e.g. Royal Jewels) and the pale silvery foliage of the licquorice plant, Helichrysum petiolare in a white terrazzo planter...
I love the combination of silver, purple and green in a window box. It always looks beautiful.
Alternatively, you may prefer a pink colour scheme
You can recreate this look with lobelia and petunias. The key is to use several different petunias such as 'Pink Lady', Blue Daddy, and Picotee
But I must admit, I'm tempted to throw a double into the mix - such as this stunning Petunia 'Purple Pirouette'
(also available from Thompson and Morgan)
My favourites include the saturated colours of the QVC scheme from top designer Sarah Price and the pastel tones of Angus Thompson's windowbox for the Children's Society (shown above)
Great ideas for windowbox plantings in this article from the Saturday Times - with stunning illustrations from Hannah McVicar.
This scheme includes whispy tufts of carex and the delicately veined foliage of Heuchera ‘Pewter Moon’ plus deep-indigo petunias, trailing verbena and succulent sempervivum.