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Window-Box Planting Plans

Mix different kinds of flowers and foliage plants for gorgeous window boxes.

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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