windowbox or deeper pot - Knowledgebase Question

Cambria Heights, NY (Zone 6B)
Question by adams8381
March 22, 2006
I bought several plants without consideration on how to best plant them. Can you tell me whether the below listed plants would strive in a windowbox (about 5

Answer from NGA
March 22, 2006


In my experience, most of these perennials would do best planted in the garden. If that is not an option you could try the oenothera, delosperma and sedum in the window boxes as they handle fast drainage, are drought tolerant and do well in a lean or less fertile soil. Most of the others will need larger, deeper containers; maybe a nursery size two gallon or so. This is especially true if you want to overwinter them successfully outdoors, and in that case you will need weatherproof containers as well. The Lonicera will need something even larger, depending if it is a shrub or a vining form. As a shrub it might eventually need a half barrel sized container, as a vine it might last for a while in a three gallon however as it puts on size it will need a larger container as well. Make sure you use a good quality potting mix and that the containers have functioning drainage holes in the bottom.

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