Flower Box Awards: Brittany's First Try

Flower Box Awards: Brittany's First Try

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 10, 2007

Owner: Brittany
Location: Portland

In Brittany's words:

Hi there, This built-in flowerbox is on my front mini-porch. I know I'm super lucky to have it, but this is actually my first year successfully picking something that deals with the shade. I chose two different varieties of coleus. They won't last past fall and I have no clue what to do with the space over winter, so if anyone has great ideas, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks, Brittany (brittanykate on AT)...

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Dear Brittany,

We like the fact that you are beginning to find appropriate plants for the light and trying to think of the space in terms of the entire year. Now that coleus was a success we cannot wait to see what you do next year! Thank you for asking the AT community about what to do until spring. Maybe some of our Portland readers who know the climate will have good suggestions for your planter. The sky's the limit, but here are a few quick ideas:

Something trailing, like vinca or ivy would go well with the coleus and brighten the dark space, and would also come back every year.

Planting some iris or crocus in the fall in preparation for spring - and mulching.

Take a visit to a local Botanical Garden to ask advice and see how they plant for the seasons.

We have a little gift in the mail to you: a pot from Ecoforms and seed packets from SelectSeeds.com to help make your gardens grow. Enjoy!

matt at apartmenttherapy dot com

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