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Best Flowers For A Super Sunny Window Box

Updated on May 31, 2018
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Gardening is so relaxing. Just looking at beautiful greenery and flowers is calming to my soul.

Window Box
Window Box | Source

Finding The Right Flowers For A Super Sunny Window Box

The first year I lived in this house, I planted impatiens in this window box. . Surprise, Surprise! The impatiens shriveled no matter how much I watered. The front of this house gets direct sun all day. And......the house is white so the sun reflects and bounces back.

Even though this is Connecticut, the front of our house is hot, hot, hot!

Over the past 8 years I have tried many different plants in my sunny window box with varying results. Sometimes, it got so bad, I thought I would resort to succulents or cactus. (Don't tell any one, I am ashamed to admit it, but I even thought of artificial flowers).

This year was a triumph and I am going to share my plant choices for those of you that are sunshine challenged choosing flowers for your window boxes.

Check Out The Flowers In My Window Box

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Lemon Symphony (Osteospermum hydrid)Angelface - Wedgwood Blue (Angelonia agustifolia hybrid)Golddust (Mecardonia hybrid) -- This is a trailing plant.Lavender PetuniasBlue Zephyr - (Brachyscome hybrid) -  These are not as dense as the other flowers, but I don't believe they are supposed to be.   They aren't shriveling and are living on.
Lemon Symphony (Osteospermum hydrid)
Lemon Symphony (Osteospermum hydrid) | Source
Angelface - Wedgwood Blue (Angelonia agustifolia hybrid)
Angelface - Wedgwood Blue (Angelonia agustifolia hybrid) | Source
Golddust (Mecardonia hybrid) -- This is a trailing plant.
Golddust (Mecardonia hybrid) -- This is a trailing plant. | Source
Lavender Petunias
Lavender Petunias | Source
Blue Zephyr - (Brachyscome hybrid) -  These are not as dense as the other flowers, but I don't believe they are supposed to be.   They aren't shriveling and are living on.
Blue Zephyr - (Brachyscome hybrid) - These are not as dense as the other flowers, but I don't believe they are supposed to be. They aren't shriveling and are living on. | Source

My success this year was due to picking plants marked "drought tolerant" rather than those just marked "full sun".

Grandpa's Flower Pots - A Very Sentimental Attachment

Grandpas -pots
Grandpas -pots | Source

These flower pots stand at my front door alongside of the window box. They receive the same intense sun as my window box..

The flower pots were my grandfather's. From about 1930 to 1980, they stood in front of his house on either side of stone steps that led to his front door.

Throughout the years family photos were taken in front of the stairs with the pots in the background.. There were aunts holding their newborn nieces; men in uniform going into the service; and children all dressed up for Easter.

It's nice to look back at the old family photos and to know that I own a piece of something that endured.

Grandpa always grew hens and chicks (a succulent) in these pots.

Every year, I have planted colored petunias in grandpa's flower pots. Often I used the darkest purple ones. They all do pretty well.

This year our painter was discussing our peeling front door frame and reminded us that darker colors hold the heat.


So I decided to try white petunias instead of colored ones. They have taken off like wild fire.

Flowers in Grandpa's Flower Planters

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Verbena and white petuniasWhite petuniasVebena -- this is one plant.  The flowers open to dark purple and become varigated after they open fully.
Verbena and white petunias
Verbena and white petunias | Source
White petunias
White petunias | Source
Vebena -- this is one plant.  The flowers open to dark purple and become varigated after they open fully.
Vebena -- this is one plant. The flowers open to dark purple and become varigated after they open fully. | Source

I must be honest, there is a problem since writing this article


I noticed the verbena plant blooms all at once for about 3 weeks.

Then, it drops all it's flowers and there is nothing but leaves and stalks.

It does come back after a week. And the pattern is repeated.

But by the end of July they were tumbleweeds.

This year was exceptionally hot with all my plants blooming out by mid-August. So maybe that's it.

One of the flowers I had success with is Angelface

Angelface-face | Source

Can you see an angel's face in this flower?

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The burgundy lines inside the flower appear to be a pair of eyes and a nose. She is peering over the light green area.

Do you have luck with your window box plants? Do you have any secrets you would like to share? Any success or not so successful stories?/

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

How are your flower window boxes?

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    • BodyHairRemoval profile image


      5 years ago

      I could use some nice flowers outside on my window. Thanks!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have to get flowers when i arrive in Canada. There are many boxes and pots to fill. Am excited to get these ideas.

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      6 years ago

      So very beautiful. I'm actually in the process of making window boxes, I'm so glad I visited this lens. Thanks, and thanks for visiting my body butter lens.

    • JimHofman profile image


      6 years ago

      Verbena, lantana, and petunias work well in ours and they come in so many luscious colors.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas. the front of our house is also in full sun and it's been geranium geranium and more geranium for me. Everything else drooped within hours. You've given me some lovely ideas.

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      6 years ago

      I'm noticing more people are using artificial plants...they look nice but the insects and hummingbirds must think of them as diet food....all looks and no substance, lol ! :)

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am visualizing how my pots would look like. When I get back in June, one of the first things I will do is get some flowers to perk up our place. You have great ideas here.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      I love window boxes, yet don't have any. My front yard also gets very hot and finding the right plants take work. Your combination is lovely, and I'll see if I can get those varieties. Never thought about looking for drought resistant plants; like you I looked for the sunny location plants. I will make the change. Thanks for sharing this, it has been most helpful.

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      6 years ago

      I don't have any window boxes but keep a lot of my plants in tubs. I have to water every day as they dry out so quickly here.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Ardyn25: I sometimes lean on my kitchen window in the morning. If I stay still for about 3 minutes, usually a hummingbird comes to the window box and I get a close up view.

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      7 years ago

      I started window boxes a few years ago. I love them, even on a rainy day when you can't get out you can enjoy them from inside. I have to watch them though as they are placed in front of the windows and my eaves hang over so I have to make sure they get water. Other than that I love them.

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      FallenAngel 483 

      7 years ago

      I had pansies in baskets and they dried up and died. Verbena and petunias do well. I find that when all else fails Marigolds produce the goods, calendulas or French. My Echinacea are also very droubt tolerant but a bit big for your windowboxes i'm afraid. Keep enjoying your flowers and writing about them. Lovely lens with lovely photos.

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      7 years ago

      I need to get drought tolerant flowers!

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      7 years ago

      Your grandpa's pots are beautiful as well as the flowers! A warm welcome at the entrance of the home.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Your tip of picking drought tolerant plants is so important. I've lost too many plants by missing just one day of watering in my desert climate. Your intro photo planting is beautiful!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      7 years ago

      This makes me want to get one.

    • CruiseReady profile image


      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      Very interesting about the white petunias...

    • ninakreativa profile image


      7 years ago

      All these flowers are very beautiful and they seem as if radiating sun, love and happiness :)

    • Camden1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Next year I know I'll to look for drought tolerant plants - maybe they'll be hardy enough to survive me care (or lack thereof)!

    • LiteraryMind profile imageAUTHOR

      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @flycatcherrr: Thank you so much. I didn't realize the photos were causing the problem.

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      Auntie-M LM 

      7 years ago

      Mine aren't so hot. Glad I found this info. Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      This is gorgeous - I especially like the big pots at your front door.

      Just a quick tip, the automatic switching of photos in your gallery is making the page jump around because of the different sizes of photos; it makes it hard to read and even hard to type this comment. Any chance you might consider changing to manual on that?


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