Gardening is so relaxing. Just looking at beautiful greenery and flowers is calming to my soul.
Finding The Right Flowers For A Super Sunny Window Box
The first year I lived in this house, I planted impatiens in this window box. . Surprise, Surprise! The impatiens shriveled no matter how much I watered. The front of this house gets direct sun all day. And......the house is white so the sun reflects and bounces back.
Even though this is Connecticut, the front of our house is hot, hot, hot!
Over the past 8 years I have tried many different plants in my sunny window box with varying results. Sometimes, it got so bad, I thought I would resort to succulents or cactus. (Don't tell any one, I am ashamed to admit it, but I even thought of artificial flowers).
This year was a triumph and I am going to share my plant choices for those of you that are sunshine challenged choosing flowers for your window boxes.
Check Out The Flowers In My Window Box
Grandpa's Flower Pots - A Very Sentimental Attachment
These flower pots stand at my front door alongside of the window box. They receive the same intense sun as my window box..
The flower pots were my grandfather's. From about 1930 to 1980, they stood in front of his house on either side of stone steps that led to his front door.
Throughout the years family photos were taken in front of the stairs with the pots in the background.. There were aunts holding their newborn nieces; men in uniform going into the service; and children all dressed up for Easter.
It's nice to look back at the old family photos and to know that I own a piece of something that endured.
Grandpa always grew hens and chicks (a succulent) in these pots.
Flowers in Grandpa's Flower Planters
One of the flowers I had success with is Angelface
The burgundy lines inside the flower appear to be a pair of eyes and a nose. She is peering over the light green area.
Do you have luck with your window box plants? Do you have any secrets you would like to share? Any success or not so successful stories?/
© 2012 Ellen Gregory
How are your flower window boxes?
BodyHairRemoval on May 18, 2014:
I could use some nice flowers outside on my window. Thanks!
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2013:
I have to get flowers when i arrive in Canada. There are many boxes and pots to fill. Am excited to get these ideas.
VspaBotanicals on June 02, 2013:
So very beautiful. I'm actually in the process of making window boxes, I'm so glad I visited this lens. Thanks, and thanks for visiting my body butter lens.
JimHofman on May 13, 2013:
Verbena, lantana, and petunias work well in ours and they come in so many luscious colors.
anonymous on May 02, 2013:
Thanks for the ideas. the front of our house is also in full sun and it's been geranium geranium and more geranium for me. Everything else drooped within hours. You've given me some lovely ideas.
anonymous on April 28, 2013:
I'm noticing more people are using artificial plants...they look nice but the insects and hummingbirds must think of them as diet food....all looks and no substance, lol ! :)
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 22, 2013:
I am visualizing how my pots would look like. When I get back in June, one of the first things I will do is get some flowers to perk up our place. You have great ideas here.
Fay Favored from USA on April 18, 2013:
I love window boxes, yet don't have any. My front yard also gets very hot and finding the right plants take work. Your combination is lovely, and I'll see if I can get those varieties. Never thought about looking for drought resistant plants; like you I looked for the sunny location plants. I will make the change. Thanks for sharing this, it has been most helpful.
CoolKarma on December 23, 2012:
I don't have any window boxes but keep a lot of my plants in tubs. I have to water every day as they dry out so quickly here.
Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on December 09, 2012:
@Ardyn25: I sometimes lean on my kitchen window in the morning. If I stay still for about 3 minutes, usually a hummingbird comes to the window box and I get a close up view.
Ardyn25 on August 22, 2012:
I started window boxes a few years ago. I love them, even on a rainy day when you can't get out you can enjoy them from inside. I have to watch them though as they are placed in front of the windows and my eaves hang over so I have to make sure they get water. Other than that I love them.
FallenAngel 483 on August 01, 2012:
I had pansies in baskets and they dried up and died. Verbena and petunias do well. I find that when all else fails Marigolds produce the goods, calendulas or French. My Echinacea are also very droubt tolerant but a bit big for your windowboxes i'm afraid. Keep enjoying your flowers and writing about them. Lovely lens with lovely photos.
eccles1 on July 30, 2012:
I need to get drought tolerant flowers!
olmpal on July 29, 2012:
Your grandpa's pots are beautiful as well as the flowers! A warm welcome at the entrance of the home.
Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 19, 2012:
Your tip of picking drought tolerant plants is so important. I've lost too many plants by missing just one day of watering in my desert climate. Your intro photo planting is beautiful!
WriterJanis2 on July 16, 2012:
This makes me want to get one.
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on July 15, 2012:
Very interesting about the white petunias...
ninakreativa on July 15, 2012:
All these flowers are very beautiful and they seem as if radiating sun, love and happiness :)
Camden1 on July 15, 2012:
Next year I know I'll to look for drought tolerant plants - maybe they'll be hardy enough to survive me care (or lack thereof)!
Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on July 15, 2012:
@flycatcherrr: Thank you so much. I didn't realize the photos were causing the problem.
Auntie-M LM on July 14, 2012:
Mine aren't so hot. Glad I found this info. Blessed.
flycatcherrr on July 14, 2012:
This is gorgeous - I especially like the big pots at your front door.
Just a quick tip, the automatic switching of photos in your gallery is making the page jump around because of the different sizes of photos; it makes it hard to read and even hard to type this comment. Any chance you might consider changing to manual on that?