After a week
ABOUT A WEEK AGO, I PLANTED UP the two boxes attached to the front windows of my garden-level apartment in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and I’m pleased with how they turned out.
I had planned to shop a local plant sale, but couldn’t wait: I ended up going to Lowe’s “just to see” what they had, and buying everything I needed there, a monochrome mix (white flowers only) of perennials and annuals.
The centerpiece of each box is a plant I’d never seen before: Juncus effusus or ‘Big Twister Rush,’ a perennial ornamental grass with some straight shoots and some corkscrew ones. They’re real eye-catchers. Here’s what else is in each box:
- Variegated hostas (‘Minuteman’ in one, ‘Wide Brim” in the other)
- Chartreuse Sedum ‘Angelina,’ for textural variation
- Pansies – white with a touch of purple
- Bacopa, with tiny white flowers which will trail
- Variegated vinca, another trailing vine
That’s it, except for stuffing a white impatiens into one corner that looked empty. The pansies will last until July or so (they’re cool-season annuals), and then I’ll replace them with something else. I re-used the old potting soil that was in the boxes, topped up with some fresh, and mulched everything after planting to keep things moist. They’ll need daily watering when it gets hot, and I admit to using a weak solution of Miracle-Gro in my city containers.
Cost of each box: about $25.
Upon first planting
The “Big Twister” looks great. Thanks for the idea.
Lovely!! Hope your landlord appreciates them too!
It’s always nice to have a recipe. We shopped for our boxes yesterday. Our garden store has fill, spill, and thrill tags for amateurs like us. Some of our plants survived the winter in the boxes!!!
I admire your beat up silver boxes. Did you make them? How are the attached to the building?
I have window box envy. Live in a high-rise. Sigh.
Terry, the boxes were there when I moved in (I’m renting). They’re attached with U-shaped things that screw on to the iron window gates.