|A bright, early fall example of how to style a window box with greenery, seasonal flowers and fruits of the season: gourds, pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.|
|A straight on view of the window box, clearly showing the layers of plantings…thrillers, fillers, and spillers…topped off with decorative gourds and pumpkins.|
|Remember that most of the time, your window box will be seen up close at an angle from either side as visitors and family enter and exit your home. This long angled view, in my opinion, is far more engaging than the straight on perspective.|
In terms of the contents, I employ the classic thriller, filler, spiller container formula. Aka, plants to add drama and vertical interest, plants to fill out the composition and add color, and trailers to spill out and cascade over the edge, adding texture, romance and softness to the composition. PROVEN WINNERS has a good description and example of this container design technique here.
Ideally, I like my window box thriller(s) to be evergreen, to provide year round interest and prevent planting them repeatedly year after year. But generally, in my situation anyway, they normally last a year or two max because of a change in the light and southern exposure ….as weather events are constantly messing with my trees to change my box’s cultural environment and its demands from one season to the next.
|Bright mums whose colors can be seen from a distance, along with shiny gourds, catch the light and add to the magic.|
The spillers, however, tend to me more long lasting and generally hang in there year round. That leaves the seasonal color each fall, spring, winter and summer, to comprise the majority of the filler that is tucked in with each season’s transition. Consequently the recipe for my 2016 Fall Window Box is:
|Three plug in jack-o-lanterns add to the allure of this small window box garden.|
2 Boxwood Cones + five 6″ Mums + (about 16 total) 2″ Ivy, Wire Vine and Lamium.
Sprinkle with cheery pumpkins, gourds and varied colored squashes to taste.
|Generous mounds of like colored pumpkins, gourds and mums are added to from landscape.|
Color palette, plants and pumpkins are then repeated in front beds and along the border. In rather large quantities, and added over time because of said quantities…..
|Large boxwood in concrete pots accompany the window box and add to the lush effect.|
to create the effect of, well, a pumpkin patch. For my family and passersby to enjoy. My, but I do love October in Oklahoma….along with
|The window box and porch decor hopefully say WELCOME!|
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