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Summer Flower Boxes

Going.Local
Published on October 7th 2021
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Container arrangements are wonderful ways to quickly prune up the patio/balcony for the impending summer festivities. Nothing is quite as welcoming as containers full of blooms. To help you with some gorgeous summer arrangements, we have selected a handful of combinations to try out at home.
A close up of a flower garden in front of a window

Where to start

There are a few additional considerations you need to take into account before you pick one of the selected combinations below. That is the following:
  1. Sun exposure- Full sun versus a half-day or filtered light will impact which type of plants will survive.
  2. Heat- A plant that grows in full sun will not necessarily be okay in 35-40C heat. Remember that heat and sunlight should not be viewed as interchangeable.
  3. Water requirements- If you do not have drip irrigation to a window box, you might need to water daily in summer or switch to a succulent arrangement.
  4. Soil type- Window boxes are shallow and require a good moisture-retentive mix.
  5. Container depth- How deep the flower box is will determine what you can plant in it and how fast it will dry out.
  6. Wind- If the window ledge is above the first floor, avoid trailing plants as they will be ripped apart by the wind.
Window box arrangements can change with the seasons. This means they are great for annuals (that may die off like daisies or hare's tail grass) or small perennials that need to bulk up a bit before they are planted in the landscape.
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When in doubt, stick to one plant species such as these wonderful Geraniums. Image by RitaE from Pixabay.

Options to choose from

When choosing plants for a flower box, always take into account both filler and access plants. Filler plants include things like trailing sedums, sweet potato vines, grasses, rosemary, curly leaf parsley or a similar muted backdrop plant that breaks up the arrangement.
For a look at potential grasses see:
Elegia capensis

Grasses + Restios

If you are unsure of your arrangement skills, then you can always start off with a single plant like Petunia or Geranium in one or more colours. The next step up is to copy a tried and tested combination. For the more adventurous gardener, we have compiled a list to choose from.
Full sun options:
For more on succulent arrangements see:
Semi-shade/Half day sun options:
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A great combination of Lamium, Petunia, Viola and Red Sorrel. Image by Still Works Imagery from Pixabay.

Favourite Combinations

There are many gorgeous combinations online that we often want to recreate, but we just have no clue what the plant names are. Luckily, this is where Candide's community and ID tool comes in handy.
Here are some of the community container arrangements for some inspiration:

What is your favourite combination? Tell us in the comments below.

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