So it's still too early to plant much of anything, but one of the first things you can plant is a window box. It's versatile because you could always move it inside if frost threatens.
Gardeners sometimes have a hard time color coordinating window box flowers. We went to Pleasant View Greenhouses in New Hampshire and saw they have displays of eight or ten different color coordinated window boxes.
They have a pink window box that is loaded with petunias, some sweet alyssum, nice white lobularia, and some purple angelonia which is a nice accent to the pink flowers.
There's a red window box which has a stunning red salvia. They contrast that with herbs such as sage and thyme so the foliage actually contrasts nicely with the colors of the flowers.
There is an airy feeling from this white and blue window box. It has some salvia that is growing up and then some white petunias as a nice contrast to it.
And least you think it all has to be flowers, this burgundy colored window box has coleus and sweet potato vine. The burgundy and the light lime colored sweet potato foliage contrasts really nicely and they threw in some petunias for a color splash.
Then finally if you want something really bright and sunny, there's a yellow window box. They again use coleus, and some of them can take full sun, but also have marguerite daisy, lantana and verbena, it's a nice bright cheery box, and its beautiful to see this yellow box flowering especially on a cold, cloudy day.
By Charlie Nardozzi
PO Box 4508