Thinking Inside The Box, Outside

As a landscape designer, I can honestly say that window boxes are no small challenge. You have to think seasonality, light, water, and it's such a small space. It's like maximizing the design of very, very, very small apartment. So here is what happened: I was in the process of considering the planting of our window boxes for the upcoming season in Brooklyn, and came upon a window box composition that I thought was among the most elegant I had seen for a while.

I contacted my talented, knowledgable, trusted garden guru and friend Julia Miller of Fourgardens, who quickly identified the plants and headed over to Gowanus Nursery in Brooklyn and had a chat with the owner, Michelle Palladino. Her Nursery is beyond incredible, and Michelle's extensive horticultural knowledge and aesthetic eye is a rare combination. 

I contacted my talented, knowledgable, trusted garden guru and friend Julia Miller of Fourgardens, who quickly identified the plants and headed over to Gowanus Nursery in Brooklyn and had a chat with the owner, Michelle Palladino. Her Nursery is beyond incredible, and Michelle's extensive horticultural knowledge and aesthetic eye is a rare combination. 

Heuchera is an incredibly adaptable perennial and you can find ones suited for sun or shade. Green and lighter ones do well in shade, and the darker hues better in sun.

Heuchera is an incredibly adaptable perennial and you can find ones suited for sun or shade. Green and lighter ones do well in shade, and the darker hues better in sun.

Alteranthera is not a name that flows off the tongue easily, granted, (also known as joyweeds or Joeseph's coat... easier) but it makes for a pretty vibrant filler perennial to be knowing about. If you can remember it's name you will wow the nerdiest of the plants nerds, I assure you.

Alteranthera is not a name that flows off the tongue easily, granted, (also known as joyweeds or Joeseph's coat... easier) but it makes for a pretty vibrant filler perennial to be knowing about. If you can remember it's name you will wow the nerdiest of the plants nerds, I assure you.

Seslaria or Autumn Moor Grass is a hearty, and beautiful grass that has a rugged and naturalistic look. Looks fantastic in a window box, and is tolerant of a variety of light and water conditions.

Seslaria or Autumn Moor Grass is a hearty, and beautiful grass that has a rugged and naturalistic look. Looks fantastic in a window box, and is tolerant of a variety of light and water conditions.

Andromeda, or Pieris Japonica, actually looks great in a window box. I say actually because I am not usually a fan (slightly suburban associations) , but it's evergreen, not fussy, and has small bayberry -like leaves that are reddish with new growth giving it a subtle variation in color..

Andromeda, or Pieris Japonica, actually looks great in a window box. I say actually because I am not usually a fan (slightly suburban associations) , but it's evergreen, not fussy, and has small bayberry -like leaves that are reddish with new growth giving it a subtle variation in color..

Blue Wood Aster is a perennial that is is practically indestructible, and Fall-flowering in September-October months. It likes full sun but will tolerate shade, is drought tolerant and lovely in a window box.

Blue Wood Aster is a perennial that is is practically indestructible, and Fall-flowering in September-October months. It likes full sun but will tolerate shade, is drought tolerant and lovely in a window box.

Calamintha Nepeta "Summer Cloud" is a light, airy mint variety that blooms late summer and early fall, likes sun and well drained soil. I love it's small, delicate white flowers. Lends a kind of sparkle or haze effect.

Calamintha Nepeta "Summer Cloud" is a light, airy mint variety that blooms late summer and early fall, likes sun and well drained soil. I love it's small, delicate white flowers. Lends a kind of sparkle or haze effect.

Salvia is also a really vibrant, lovely addition to a window box. Beautiful summer-bloomer and likes sun.

Salvia is also a really vibrant, lovely addition to a window box. Beautiful summer-bloomer and likes sun.

So we have in our window planters from Planter Resource, which are lightweight (fiberglass) and pretty sturdy. They do the trick. 

So we have in our window planters from Planter Resource, which are lightweight (fiberglass) and pretty sturdy. They do the trick. 

My window boxes now....a  slice of woodland, maybe? Something like that. Anyway, I like the composition. It looks haphazard but seems to have a just the right amount of color to green, is low-maintenance, and sun and shade tolerant. Checks a lot of boxes...oh wait a pun. Ew., I hate puns. Sorry.

My window boxes now....a  slice of woodland, maybe? Something like that. Anyway, I like the composition. It looks haphazard but seems to have a just the right amount of color to green, is low-maintenance, and sun and shade tolerant. Checks a lot of boxes...oh wait a pun. Ew., I hate puns. Sorry.