Window Box Planters of Charleston, SC

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to be able to visit the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina.

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to be able to visit the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina.  As I walked the historic district, my attention was drawn to the beautifully planted window boxes in front of  homes and businesses that dated back to the 1700’s. Here are a few of my favorites…

The purple ‘Wave’ petunias contrast beautifully with the gray foliage of dusty miller in this arrangement, don’t you think?

The colors of this window box really struck my eye.  Blue lobelia, white petunias with the multi-colored flowers for ‘Radiation’ lantana look great with the variegated ivy.

The warm colors of yellow violas and red geraniums complement the yellow wall of this residence.  Candytuft is also one of my favorite white-flowering plants – I like how it trails over the edge of the planter.

This shady window box is filled with lush, green plants that do well in filtered shade, including trailing ivy, white geraniums, Boston fern and vinca minor.

Shades of purple with white make a striking statement in this pair of window boxes.  Blue/purple violas, purple & white ‘Wave’ petunias, verbena, candytuft and white snapdragons help to create this stunning arrangement.

Yellow petunias, purple angelonia and salmon-colored geraniums thrive in this sunny spot.

This building did not have window boxes , I was drawn to the striking containers filled with only two plants.  An evergreen shrub surrounded by blue lobelia.

Plants with contrasting foliage are the focus in these window boxes.  Trailing ivy, purple heart, ferns and caladiums are paired with purple ‘Wave’ petunias and light-blue lobelia.

Do you have window boxes?  What plants do you add to them?

I hope you are inspired to create your own beautiful window box combinations. If you are ever in Charleston, be sure to take some time to stroll the historic district and view their window boxes for yourself.

For more great window box ideas, check out “Window Box Container Recipe” from Birds and Blooms.

Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. When she is not writing or helping other people with their gardens, you can find her growing fruits and vegetables, and planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.