Friday, January 27, 2012

Winter Window Box Gardens

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about creating a winter container garden.  This post is similar, but this time we'll talk about box gardens. Many winter plants, which require well-drained soil, are perfect for creating winter garden boxes. Hellebores, mentioned previously, are perfect for adding a splash of color to your box.  They come in a variety of colors which include pink, yellow, and lavender.  I think the October Skys Asterflower is a pretty plant to pair  with hellebores.  These are lovely blue flowers that grow in a mound.

Evergreens provide color and texture all winter long.  You can use evergreens from the pine family to create height, as pictured above.  Others can be used as drapes that hang over the garden box.  October Daphne is a hardy ground cover that works well for this.  It produces pink flowers as well.
Velvety silver lambs ear is also a good addition that will add a different color and texture to your box.  Other plants to consider are pansies, violas, and ornamental cabbage.

October Skies Asterflower

                                                                                                     October Daphne

Lambs ear                                                                                                      Pansies

Note:  If you like the window box with the trialing ivy above, here are the plants that were used:  A pyramid-shaped boxwood serves as the focal point.  Two small round boxwoods are planted on either side.  Between the shrubs are two small paperwhites.  Plants used in the front are green and white flowering cabbage, silver dusty millers and white violas.  Varieagated ivy hangs over the box.  For a splash of color, add some red nandina berry leaves in the front.

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