Who doesn't love a window box? Considering the popularity of last year's post on Charleston window boxes, not many. Charleston is an easy 2-hour trip from Savannah, a hop, skip and a jump to a whole 'nother horticultural paradise. You might remember my first visit there last year and the garden tour photo fiasco.
After that I decided all the window boxes on the street were fair game, and occasionally I poked my camera through the conveniently-spaced bars of a wrought iron gate. This year I followed a similar plan and saved myself those $45 tickets! Sorry Charlie, I mean Charleston, no photography, no tour.
Charleston is known as the Holy City due to the large number churches, and seeing all the majestic spires rising above the historic district, I can see why. But I think it should just be known as the Pretty City. Even the people are pretty. So many of the women walking on King Street have that pulled-together look of Parisian ladies. And the men, well, nobody rocks a bow tie like Charleston men.
Anyway, here it is February and Charleston's spring window boxes are already in fine form.
It may be too early for many of you to start planting window boxes, but it's not to soon to be inspired by these beautiful plantings.
Cyclamen, torenia, kale and alyssum; the yellow bloom on the kale sets off the gold lettering so beautifully
Ivy, lobelia, violas and some spiky thing in cheerful orange and blue shades
A storefront box with foxtail fern, dragon-wing begonia, is it an animal theme?
The street was perfumed with this alyssum arrangement, I suspect it's the prolific, new 'Snow Princess' from Proven Winners.
Viola, rosemary, holly fern and snapdragons along Church Street
Begonia and ivy just taking off in this box attached to magnificent mansion
Edible landscape: Window box filled with herbs in another storefront planting
These red shutters and scrolled ironwork set off this new planting
And these green shutters complement the white petunias and and orange violas
Simple pansies look like little smiling faces.
If you can't get enough of Charleston window boxes, I suggest Southern Living garden writer, Steve Bender's (AKA The Grumpy Gardener) blog post showing more window boxes at their summer peak. I especially like his window box "recipe"..