Flowers in boxed planter - Knowledgebase Question

Stoughton, Ma
Question by mychalx
February 9, 2009
I have a large exterior planter box attached to my front window. I had planted Perennials last summer but the flowers died after a week. I have this large tree also that does not produce enough sun light. Could that be my problem? What flowers should I plant that needs less light.

Answer from NGA
February 9, 2009


Plants do have a preference for certain amounts of sunshine so if your window box gets mostly shade, consider planting:
Coleus ? These plants have beautiful foliage and barely visible blossoms. Most gardeners pinch out the blossoms to keep the plants bushy.

Impatiens ? These mounding plants will bloom through the entire summer season with proper care.

Pansies ? These flowers have spring and winter varieties; you will need to replant your window boxes later in the year.

Small hosta varieties, such as Blue Cadet ? While the flower spikes of the hosta are usually downright forgettable, leaves have a striking shape.

Fern leaf bleeding hearts ? These plants do not fade away as the other bleeding heart variety tend to do.

Japanese painted ferns or other small fern varieties ? Ferns add lovely, serene foliage to any container.

It is also important to water the plants often. Window boxes can dry out quickly, especially in the summer heat so check frequently and water as needed.

Hope this information is helpful!

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