As Spring steadily transcends into Summer, now is the time to enhance your newly installed windows. Not all of us are lucky enough to have an outdoor space, so a window box is the perfect alternative to make the most of the space you already have. Most good garden centres will stock a wide range of window boxes and annuals.
Like the idea but don’t know what’s best to plant or what will achieve a beautiful Summer display? Whether you live in an urban area or more of a remote location, we’ve collected our favourite window box ideas to help inspire you on transforming your windowsill into something your neighbours and visitors will marvel at!
CHASE WINDOWS TOP GARDENING TIP: Try to use an odd number of plants and sow them in a triangular formation. For example, a classic window box design combines an evergreen structure bordered by smaller flowers. Regularly ‘dead heading’ your plants will also encourage prolonged flowering.
Sunny spots – Nasturtiums
Nasturtiums are a highly versatile, summer-flowering plant that will brighten up any south-facing window area. Available in either annual or perennial forms, perennial Nasturtiums are fairly resistant to colder weather too; even more ideal for the unsettled Hertfordshire climate! Perfect for casement window borders, this vibrant flower also doubles up as a peppery addition to summer salads. The seedpods are also fully edible, often called ‘poor man’s capers.’
Shady spots – Busy Lizzies
For endless colour throughout the hazy Summer months, Busy Lizzies are quintessential to shady or sunny sliding sash window boxes. There’s still time to sow some for an energetic burst of colour, just keep in mind that they require well drained soil and a reliable slug repellent on stand-by to encourage them to thrive.
Minimalist look – White Bacopa
Achieve a chic, neutral look by planting some beautiful White Bacopa in your window box. These tiny star-like flowers bloom all summer long. They’re also available in shades of pink, lavender, blue and coral red – a beautiful addition to contemporary aluminium windows.
Country cottage feel – Violas
If you’re looking for a delicate, country cottage style window box, the myriad of purples, lilacs, pinks, blues and magentas Violas offer can create a particularly striking, variegated foliage. Especially enhancing timber sash windows, this elegant flower is also edible; offering the perfect dash of colour to a summer salad or a secret ingredient in seasonal jams and cakes.
Something different – Succulents
If you’re looking for something a bit more low-maintenance or ‘a bit different’ then how about a splendid succulent? This clever little plant can store water so they’re able to endure extended periods of drought, relying on stored water and nutrients retained in their leaves. Sempervivums succulents are amongst the hardiest of succulents, simple and reliable. Thriving in the summer months, these little plants will need a degree of winter protection e.g. a frost-free conservatory or orangery. With such variety, you really will be spoiled for choice!
If you have older windows that you’d like to upgrade, why not consider our wide range of window products to improve your Hertfordshire home? Visit our flagship showroom or get in touch to discuss your home improvement options further.