Inspired by Charleston: A Flower Box Project
The Mister threw down the gauntlet this past weekend: Create a flower box for our tiny and underwhelming side porch. I willingly accepted his challenge. I knew I'd draw my inspiration from the amazing flower boxes and container plantings I'd seen in Charleston a few years ago and several times this past year as well.
|One of my inspirations|
We headed to Lowe's where we found a suitable container that would fit over the porch rail. We agreed that because our house is quite shaded and we weren't sure of flower box success, we didn't want to spend a lot on something custom. Thankfully, we found a rectangular box that looks as if it's been painted flat black. It's actually molded plastic, of course, but my hope is that once plants are trailing over the sides, no one will notice its plasticity. We also purchased three miniature boxwoods as I knew that's what I wanted as the foundation planting of the box.
The next morning I headed to a locally owned nursery to see what was available for shade plantings. Quite a bit, actually. Although I longed to wander all eight acres of shrubs, trees, water garden features, and perennial plants, I tried to stay in the annuals department.
So many colors tempted me, but I decided to keep it pretty simple with green, white, and the smallest bits of deep, bluish pink.
I ended up with boxwoods, caladiums, purplish wishbone flower, and white torenia, all recommended for shade or part shade. I kept in mind the recommendation to choose a filler (boxwood and wishbone flower), a thriller (caladium), and a spiller (torenia).
My total spent on plants was about $40.
First, of course, I filled the container with potting soil and then placed the boxwoods in the center toward the back.
Then, the caladiums, which I kind of angled slightly, so they would spill over the edge of the box.
I am hopeful that it won't take long for the torenia and the wishbone flower to grow and trail and spill over the front. Although it was fun, making a Charleston-style flower box was harder than I'd thought, and I welcome any tips or advice on making it look a bit more posh. Maybe some ivy? Or do I just need to be patient?!
Let me know your thoughts!