I had such high hopes for my summer windowbox this year. But by early August, I was forced to concede that it was best to just remove the few plants that weren’t already dead and leave the windowbox bare until the time to decorate it for winter.
Along with my vegetable garden, the windowbox remains a perennial source of disappointment.
But next year I will get the windowbox right– and so can you–thanks to some advice from my green-thumbed friend, Megan. Megan is a long-time gardener whose home gardens have been featured in a regional home and garden magazine. If she can’t help, I don’t know who can.
Plant a gorgeous container garden that will thrive in the intense morning sun and deep afternoon shade of an east-facing windowbox.
Properly amend the soil and plant dependable heat- and drought-tolerant, container-friendly plants.
Starting with the soil, Megan recommended amending with both composted manure for fertilizing and a product called Soil Moist. The Soil Moist crystals absorb moisture during waterings and slowly release it as the soil dries out. This is especially useful for drought-prone containers like a brick windowbox which can act like ovens in peak heat.
Once the soil is improved and ready for the rigors of summer in a container, Megan suggested filling it with proven heat-tolerant performers, including:
- Sweet potato vine
- Rock rose
With winter just settling in for real around here, it will be a while before I can put Megan’s advice to use. But at least now I have a plan for what to do with the window box in the spring– along with the hope that–finally– I can have a windowbox garden to be proud of.