Has spring finally sprung: Get a jump on your summer planting!
Last weekend the weather was amazing, the birds were singing, the grass was growing, and visions of the coming summer were dancing in my head! While I am a realist, and fully aware that there are still many days of doom and gloom in our future, I can’t help but get excited about planting what will hopefully become a beautiful summer garden.
In the past I have divided and conquered when it came to planting at my house on the Cape. So as not to overwhelm, I like to break it down into 3 somewhat equal parts.
First off…window boxes and planters. With just 2 window boxes and 5 planters, my biggest challenge is deciding what plants will make the cut. An easy feat compared to the 32 window boxes, 4 hanging baskets, and 12 planters I once planted and maintained while working on a private island. While those days are long gone, I did learn a few things…
1. Size does matter! Treat your window box or container like it is a miniature garden. Make sure it is large enough to hold a diverse and interesting selection of plants.
2. Color is Key! When choosing plants be sure to coordinate colors with the exterior of your home (or with any surrounding structures). Colors that complement one another will be much more pleasing to the eye.
3. BE UNIQUE! Anyone can buy a pre-planted pot from their local garden center, but what does that really say about you! With a little effort, your window boxes and planters can be an expression of your unique style.
Each year I scour the garden centers of Cape Cod looking for not only unique plants, but also unique planters! Check out some of my ideas for this season below. Have a favorite garden center? Be sure to comment below and let us know where you like to shop!