Asked on Aug 11, 2013

What perennials can I use to plant in my window flower boxes?

Douglas Hunt360 Sod (Donna Dixson)


I just put up 3 large window boxes, I know late in the season. I am planning for next spring and summer. These window boxes are 6 foot and 8 foot in size, they are 10 inches deep so I can plant perennials. I want to be able to keep my cost down each year so I was looking for ideas of plants that I can use year after year. I live in Ohio (zone 5). I want some plants to hang over the edges and ones that won't become too big and over power the whole box. Ideas? Thanks so much!
2 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Aug 11, 2013

    Are they in sun or shade?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 12, 2013

    DeDe, I think the challenge is going to be finding perennials that will not grow too large for a window box and that will bloom for long enough of a season to make you happy. For the full sun one you might consider dianthus or the "clips" series of Campanula carpatica. Some gaillardias are pretty short and bloom for a very long season. Dicentra eximia might work in the morning sun location. Alchemilla mollis would be good there, too.

    • DeDe @ Designed Decor
      on Aug 12, 2013

      @Douglas Hunt Wow, thanks so much! I will research each of these and see what I like! I just want to have a few perennials with the annuals.

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