Get your floral fix this spring with a wow-worthy window box.
Anywhere you go, Philadelphia’s windows are in bloom.
With the tight quarters of Philadelphia neighborhoods, urban gardening can be notoriously tricky. But green thumbs can still indulge their passion for horticulture with a window box—and this time of year there’s no shortage of botanical eye candy, from South Philly’s row homes to Center City’s brownstones. Window boxes are a popular way to bring color and style to the front of a home, says Claudia Roux, owner of Old City florist Petit Jardin en Ville. "They’re especially useful for city living where green space can be difficult to find," she adds, noting that Philadelphia is one of the most popular cities in the country for window boxes.
This spring, the emphasis is on the actual box itself: Roux suggests containers with a more natural look, such as wood or metal in a neutral tone like black or gray, and also stresses the importance of rotating plantings based on the season. "Ideal plants to bring in texture are herbs, many of which flower," she says. "Heather, allium, and salvia have interesting shapes as well as color." And don’t forget to think vertical. "Utilize the entire space by adding trailing plants like variegated ivy and creeping phlox." Now sit back and watch your garden flow.