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Window boxes: lifting the soul

20 October 2015

Container gardening on a barge in Bristol harbour shows how every corner can be greened

 

Genus founder Sue began gardening in miniature in her London flat using planters and window boxes as a route to releasing her gardening passion. There’s lots that can be done container gardening in a small space. Window boxes are one great way to green the grey in urban and village areas, bringing colour, homes for wildlife and a sense of wellbeing right into a place. The planting design should aim for something central and taller, with shorter plants to the side, with curtains of trailing plants all along. The planting scheme can change through the year ringing the passing seasons. We have just been preparing spring window boxes planting them up with favourite flowering bulbs, snowdrops and miniature daffodils and trailing ivy. Up and running already are the late autumn boxes which have cyclamen, Senecio and winter pansies. The art of container gardening and window box planting is said by some to have begun with the Romans, but there has been something of a resurgence in gardeners' interest for hanging baskets and window boxes more recently with the current trend for upcycling seeing all kinds of containers appearing ..... even old gardening clothes!

Hamptons Estate Agents use old wellies as window boxes during Chelsea in Bloom 2014 Hamptons Estate Agents used old wellies as window boxes during Chelsea in Bloom 2014

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