Window-Box Planting Plans

The flowering plants in these window boxes require little or no deadheading and they bloom repeatedly throughout the summer. Foliage plants further simplify the care—while adding even more beauty. These combinations were designed by gardeners from the Cincinnati, Ohio, area for 2010’s Cincinnati Flower Show.

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Dark Drama
Designed by Leslie Shimer
Exposure: Part sun
Fuchsia ‘Giant Black’
Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’
Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon ‘Niger’)
Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’)
Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Burgundy’
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Red and White
Designed by Kay Wilmers
Exposure: Part sun
Sweet alyssum (Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’)
Trailing bacopa (Sutera cordata ‘Giant Snowflake’)
Calibrachoa ‘Painted Coral’
Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’
Begonia ‘Dragone’


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Vibrant Summer
Designed by Ogle Annett, Ann Englehart and Diane Treftz
Exposure: Full to part sun
Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’
Pink geraniums (Pelargonium ‘Rose’)
White and dark pink stocks (Matthiola incana ‘White’ and ‘Hot Rose’)
Petunia ‘Supertunia Royal Velvet’
Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Peach’
Trailing bacopa (Sutera cordata ‘Snowstorm Giant Snowflake’)
Ivy (Hedera helix ‘Gold Baby’)


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Classic Flowers
Designed by Becky Brady
Exposure: Full to part sun
Plants: Marigold (Tagetes patula ‘Aurora Yellow Fire’)
Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus ‘Wee Willie’)
Dwarf snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus ‘Montago Yellow’)
Gerbera daisy ‘Revolution’
Verbena ‘Obsession Purple’
Petunia ‘Hulahoop Velvet’ and ‘Hulahoop Blue’
Wave petunia
Dracaena spikes
Asparagus fern
Vinca minor

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Fresh Faced
Designed by Roberta Elmore and Nancy Stephens
Exposure: Full sun
Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens ‘Atlantis’)
Marguerite daisy (Argyranthemum frutescens ‘Butterfly’)
Osteospermum ‘Light Purple’
Lantana ‘Lavender’ and ‘Luscious Grape’
Nemesia frutecans ‘Angelart Punch’
Purple clover (Trifolium repens ‘Purpurascens’)
Mint (Mentha villosa ‘Mint Mojito’ and Mentha spicata ‘Spearmint’)
Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Goldilocks’)
Vinca maculata ‘Wojo’s Gem’
Dracaena spikes


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10 thoughts on “Window-Box Planting Plans

  1. I always use polymers in my window boxes and pots. I hydrate the crystals first and use it in gel form. Cuts way down on watering and allows use of thirstier plants.

  2. I love the coleus w/ dark potato vine. I have added a variegated grass like a small zebra w/golden creeping jenny and sedum Angelique. Several of those last thru the winter with the addition of evergreens and winterberrys. Window boxes are great.

  3. Dear Hort Mag: I love the dark drama windowbox, but I can’t find anything online about that fuchsia variety. Does it get to be as big as typical fuchsia? They’re usually not compact enough for a windowbox. Thanks!

    • Hi, Kimberly. I wasn’t able to find anything on ‘Giant Black’ fuchsia either, although it was on the designer’s planting list. For a substitute I’d recommend any fuchsia from the Proven Winners “Shadow Dancers” line. These have a compact habit, growing just 8 to 10 inches tall. They also grow upright, like the one in this window box, rather than trailing over the side. Shadow Dancers ‘Carlotta’ has a deep red flower like the one in the example. I hope this helps!

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