Best Flowers For A Super Sunny Window Box
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 BoxClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
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 PlantersClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
Can you see an angel's face in this flower?
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