Traffic-Stopping Window Boxes


WHO NEEDS SIGNAGE when you have overflowing window boxes like these? They literally stop traffic. I pass them almost daily, gracing the front of Della Femina, a restaurant in East Hampton, and more than once I’ve pulled over for a closer look.


There are three of them on the brick storefront. They are massive — each several feet long and at least a foot deep —  and they are stuffed.

Here’s what’s in them, far as I can make out:

  • nasturtiums
  • New Zealand impatiens
  • English ivy
  • sweet potato vine
  • purple lantana
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    The keys to maintaining boxes like these: food and water. Dense container plantings need frequent feeding and copious water — at least once a day, twice in very hot weather.

    Thus inspired, I stopped at a local nursery to buy some sun-loving annuals for the narrow patch of brightness along the back wall of my house. They look pretty insignificant right now — pathetic, really — but I promise that when they fill out, you’ll see pics.

About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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3 Responses to Traffic-Stopping Window Boxes

  1. Mary-Liz says:

    Looks like some purple angelonia in there too! Gorgeous!

  2. ErayB says:

    While we are talking flowers and plants……have you been to Riverhead’s wonderful Peconic River Herb Farm lately?? (We were there together once and you enjoyed it.) It is a great place to find unusual items, get ideas (they inspired my bluestone “zen garden”) and it’s a perfect place to sit and listen to their resident bullfrogs sing. I think they are even having their annual sale now:
    Love those boxes — gorgeous is right!

  3. cara says:

    Haven’t forgotten the Peconic River Herb Farm, a very special place indeed, but I’m a long way from getting there (or anywhere) to buy plants – such things as a refrigerator and a front door still take priority. Someday!

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