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Wonderful windowboxes

Click to enlarge Lamb's ears (Stachys byzantinum, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8, Vanilla Butterfly marguerite daisy (Argyranthemum frutescens '4starvan', Zones 10-11), 'Limelight' licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare ‘Limelight’, Zones 10-11), Supertunia Royal Magenta petunia (Petunia 'Kakegawa S36', annual), Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus, Zones 9-11), bacopa (Sutera cordata, annual), Lagina Compact Blue with Eye lobelia (Lobelia erinus 'Lobetis', annual)
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Lynn Felici-Gallant

Window boxes aren’t a common sight on my travels. Perhaps they’re considered old-fashioned, or maybe high maintenance? I’m happy to see that garden designer Lynn Felici-Gallant is filling the window-box void in New Hampshire. Take a look at these two creations. Plant IDs are in the captions.

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‘Ruby Red’ Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris ‘Ruby Red’, annual), ‘Big Red Judy’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Big Red Judy’, annual), ‘Limelight’ licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare ‘Limelight’, annual), Superbells Yellow calibrachoa (Calibrachoa ‘USCAL53002’, annual), Diamond Frost euphorbia (Euphorbia ‘Inneuphdia’, Zones 10-11), Summer Wave Amethyst torenia (Torenia ‘Sunrenilapa’, annual)

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  1. LynnFG 06/23/2011

    Thanks so much for featuring these, Michelle. Though they can be a bit more challenging than a planter to create, I love designing window boxes. The Swiss chard in this one apparently loved its home too; it was crazy-big. Have a great day. Lynn

  2. LWyre 06/23/2011

    I love window boxes. I have two in my front and each year I do something different in them! Last year I did creeping phlox and they were amazing. This spring I tried pink anemones, pink rock cress, pink superbells and lychismia (?). Thanks for the daily photos!

  3. wwross 06/23/2011

    Beautiful! How do you keep the Lambs Ears staying attractive? Mine tend to kind of rot away at the time they start blooming. Even when I clip the flowers, which aren't that attractive, they turn brown.

  4. Happily_Gardening 06/23/2011

    Lovely and cheery plantings! Window boxes add dimension and warmth to a home. Thanks Lynn and Michelle for sharing. We have 2 in our front yard planted with aspargus fern which can handle the blistering heat of the area. Our backyard also has 2 boxes, just replanted yesterday with two types of Hens & Chicks, Echeveria Chroma and Sempervivum/Cobweb Houseleek. Although for years planted/replanted with flowers, the challenge of keeping plants alive and flourishing in the hot semi desert climate became too much. Actually they are quite charming planted with succulents.

  5. petuniababi 06/23/2011

    So beautiful!!I didn't know that was swiss chard until i read the comment.That is so gorgeous in that planter .Everything complements each other.Thanks for sharing.

  6. PerenniallyCrazy 06/23/2011

    Love these windowboxes Lynn!

    Thanks for featuring these, Michelle; as with the other interesting daily blogs.

    Also love the windowboxes featured in FG's most recent issue. These have inspired me to plant up new evergreen/gold windowboxes. Keep up the great work FG editors and staff!

  7. soilgoil 06/24/2011

    I love window boxes,and appreciate seeing how others handle the challenge of shallow root space and soil that dries rapidly. One of my three window boxes is south facing, and even here in the Pacific Northwest, is subject to searing sun and parched soil in midsummer. Last fall I replaced the nasturtiums and other trailing annuals with a variety of low to medium-height succulents. They made it just fine through a very wet, cold winter and spring, are looking fabulous now, and still haven't reached their peak. I hope Happily Gardening has the same success.

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