Window Boxes and ContainersTraditional Landscape, Boston
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There’s no denying a burst of color from flowers is intoxicating. Imagine having this lovely arrangement right outside your window. The golden foliage of ‘Marguerite’ sweetpotato vine contrasts with purple petunias and geraniums. Bright yellow African daises are just beginning to pop, adding an extra jolt of color.Plant comboSweetpotato vine (Ipomoea batatas cv., zones 8b to 11)Geranium (Pelargonium sp.)Periwinkle (Vinca sp.)Lobelia (Lobelia sp.)Supertunia petunia (Petunia hybrid)Light requirement: Partial sun
Prune annuals and roses. Although this is not the time of year for a hard (severe) pruning, many plants enjoy a bit of a haircut during the long, hot summer. Cascading annuals such as petunias often get leggy and stop blooming, so cut them back by half to promote bushier growth and increase flower production. Roses that are known to be repeat bloomers will also appreciate a light pruning to encourage a fall bloom cycle. Remember to fertilize your roses after pruning and water in thoroughly.