Plant for window box - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kalendargirl
June 28, 2010

I live in first floor level apartment in New York. One of my windows does not have much privacy and I would like to have some tall plants (in a window box or pot containers) preferrably perennials. Any suggestions?


Answer from NGA
June 28, 2010
You can plant a tall growing ornamental grass to give you privacy most of the year, but expect the foliage to die out in the winter months. Even cold-hardy perennials may have problems outside in the NYC winter when planted in containers. The roots, because they are above ground, will be subjected to exceptionally cold temperatures. You might want to consider constructing a lattice and growing annual vines instead of a perennial plant. There are some really fast growing vines that when planted in the early spring will provide coverage until the first frost of the fall. Hyacinth bean, scarlet runner bean, snail vine, and cypress vine are a few suggestions. Hope this information is helpful.

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