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Design snapshot: Gardening outside the box

comments (1) April 12th, 2012 in Blogs
KHS Katie Hutchison, Contributor

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For all my garden talk, I don't garden much. Mainly I admire other people's gardens. I claim that my lack of a handy garden space is my excuse, but when I see window boxes like these, I realize the jig is up. Apparently, you don't need a yard, deck, or rooftop to create a stunning garden. 

These window gardens in Salem, Mass. sit on deep, wide, stone sills against an old, brick building along an aging, brick and granite sidewalk. The boxes themselves are wooden, painted dark, dark green and barely visible behind the spilling bakopa and potato vine. Coleus add bursts of contrasting color to the abundant green foliage as do little, pink, double impatiens. The whole lush ensemble beautifully complements the adjacent brick surfaces. Planting these gems in series only adds to their appeal. 

It's almost enough inspiration to get this idjit gardener busy. Almost. 

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast and SquareOne

 

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Comments (1)

CharlesIrion CharlesIrion writes: Wow. Those window boxes are neat. Inspiring. Too bad I have a black thumb!

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Posted: 11:38 am on May 3rd

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