Spring flowers are sometimes perplexing. They are great because they are the first flowers that make an appearance after a cold winter and they make everyone happy. But then after they are done blooming you are left with just greenery for the rest of the growing season.
If you would prefer to have more than just greenery in your window boxes the whole growing season, here are a couple of ideas on how to have color all season long.
Skip the Spring Only Flowers
The best way to have flowers in your window flowerbox for most of the growing season is to skip the spring flowers altogether. Instead, wait a little bit longer and plant summer flowers. Summer flowers will be mostly green during the spring when you first plant them, but then will bloom for the rest of the growing season until the cooler fall weather really sets in.
If you just can’t wait and don’t want to give up those first season blooms, look for flowers that will bloom in both the spring and the summer for your window flowerbox.
Decorate For Holidays
Another way to keep color in your flowerbox for the whole season is to decorate your flowerbox for the spring holidays while you are waiting to plant your spring flowers. Luckily in the spring we have three holidays (St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Memorial Day) giving you a steady stream of colorful holiday decorations to keep in your flower box.
Some gardeners prefer to plant spring flowers in their window flowerbox and then pull them out and replace them with summer flowers once the spring flowers have stopped blooming. This year, instead of planting spring flowers that you will just end up pulling out and throwing away, plant early spring vegetables in your widow flowerboxes instead.
That way, you will still have something growing in the spring and you will be pulling out fresh vegetables to eat by the time you are ready to plant your summer flowers.
Good early spring vegetables include:
- Any other early, cool weather vegetable for your area
As you can see there are many different things that you can do to your window flowerbox to keep color in it all season long. Find what you like the most and what looks best for your home and enjoy the growing season.