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Planting window boxes for shade


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Window boxes can add charm and color to a home, and they’re popular in urban areas where gardening space is limited.

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Make sure your container has drainage holes so water won’t sit in the bottom of the box and rot the roots of your plants.

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Cedar is a good choice for window-box planters because it lasts a long time and is naturally rot-resistant. To make your wooden window box last even longer, place a plastic window-box liner inside it – just make sure it has drainage holes too.

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Railing plants:

Good choices include ivy, ivy-leaved geranium, and nasturtiums. Plant near the front of the window box so they can cascade over.

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Plants for the middle of the box:

Consider impatiens, primroses in the polyanthus group and Primula obconica, spotted deadnettle, poor man’s orchid or holiday cactus.Choose selections with complementary colors.

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Tall plants:

Coleus, monkey flower (Mimulus x hybrids) and dusty miller (Senecio cineraria) would work well at the back of a window-box planting.

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Fill the planter half-full of a good-quality potting mix.

Add the plants, starting with the front and working your way to the back. Fill in around the root balls with soil, making sure that the tops of the roots are just barely below the soil surface. Planting too deeply may cause your plants to rot.

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Mount the planter securely in the desired location, and water well.There are a variety of window boxes to choose from. Redwoods are attractive, but they tend to dry out quickly. Terracotta window boxes keep the soil from drying out and hold salt and chemical deposits away from the soil.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.