Seeds for window boxes
I grow most of my plants from
seed because I just love to watch them grow from nothing to maturity, also
there is a much greater variety of seeds available than there are plants.
However there are far too many seeds in one packet for one windowbox, so there
can be a lot of wastage.
If you want a variety of plants in your windowbox
and don't want to buy many packets of seed you can either get together with
some friends, or you can choose some of the very good mixes of seeds. I use
mainly Thompson & Morgan and Mr Fothergill's seeds, and they do very good
I have used the fragrant mixes - fragrant flowers are usually very good
at attracting bees and butterflies - and these are very useful if they are
sorted into two packets, one for tall varieties and one for short. I have also
used bee and butterfly mixes, and wildflower mixes. If you are new to
gardening, and don't know what to do I would recommend one of these mixes.
Simply put your compost into the container, water it, run your finger down the
middle lengthways to make a very shallow trench, sprinkle a few seeds down this
trench, and cover and gently pat down. Within a week or two you will have a row
of seedlings, and anything growing outside the row has not been planted by you,
so may be a weed.
I also grow some plants in pots, and this is where I put
my taller varieties. I grow Hesperis matonalis (dames violet) because
its wonderful fragrance reminds me of my garden where it grew wild in huge
drifts. It is quite tall, and doesn't flower for long, so the pot can be pushed
away in any old corner once it it past its best. The same goes for Nicotania,
which is wonderfully fragrant in the evening and attracts hummingbird hawkmoths
in the day, and convolvulus hawkmoths in the evening.