More Annuals for 2014

Nursery News:  Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade.  The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas.  For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.


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Since I revisited the boat planting last post (click here to see those photos), I thought I would also pay a repeat visit to the window boxes I raved about last year.  To read my 2013 window box post, click here.  They are located at a little market on Main Street in Yarmouth, Maine.  I am happy to say that they did not disappoint, but you can judge for yourself:


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Although the plant material and the color combinations are not as wonderfully creative as 2013, I would still be happy to have these window boxes at my house.  I hope they have given you some good ideas for your containers. 


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17 Responses to “More Annuals for 2014”

  1. I love the variety of flowers and the colors especially the red, white and blue box!!

  2. They are nicely done. Very pretty.

  3. nwphillygardner Says:

    Such a great reminder that when annually selecting annuals for mixed planters, we all have some years of better success than others. I also observe that the process of selecting plant combinations seems more fun for novice and experienced gardeners alike than making more “permanent” choices for the garden beds. Containers provide such wonderful opportunity to develop skills in composition, color, & texture for both flowers and foliage. And those skills translate to creating better choices when the shrubs and perennial combinations are being considered, too!

  4. Nice! Someone has a good eye for combinations. I could do the nasturtiums, but the alstroemerias and ferns might make me double check my wallet.
    Are the seats there just for relaxing, or do they have good food to go with the flowers?

  5. They look very cheerful. But I agree that last year they were more surprising.

  6. I wish I had window boxes as beautiful. Enjoy your summer.

  7. What fantastic window boxes,, they are so colourful and with different textures to the foliage too.
    Seeds of Primula aurantiaca are coming on nicely, could you send me an e.mail with your address please so that I can post them to you when they are ready?

  8. I wish more businesses would realize that great landscaping, or even a colorful window box draws customers in, and puts money in the register, no matter the nature of the business.

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