Cupboards are being cleaned and Easter eggs purchased - must mean that Spring has finally arrived! One of my favourite times of the year especially when it’s a clear, bluebird day, crisp and fresh. At this time, my attention inevitably turns to the outside of my house and my sorry looking window boxes in desperate need of a refresh and my garden that requires some urgent TLC.
For my window boxes at the start of the season, I always prefer to add some instant colour with tete-a-tete daffodils, which blend in perfectly with my Hampstead lead-grey window boxes. They tend to come in pots of about 5 bulbs and are available from Homebase, B&Q or garden centres. I then mix them up with green or silvery foliage, but equally you could just mass together for the ultimate impact. Alternatively, you could use hyacinths, muscari (grape hyacinths) hellibores or early tulips if they are available. If your window boxes are shaded, you could also consider cyclamen with its vibrant pinks and purples.
For the garden, I’ve recently purchased a new bay tree and Buxus Ball which will sit perfectly in my Hotel planters. They will also provide a handy hiding place for the Easter egg treasure hunt! Alternatively using either bay trees, Buxus Pyramid Stems or Buxus Balls to flank the entrance to your house, instantly provides a fresh feel.
Whatever you choose, remember to send us pictures of your window boxes and planters in action, using the #bayandbox. We will feature a selection here, on Facebook and Instagram and at the end of the year, our favourite will win £50.
Thanks to Jacqueline from South-West London for sending us pictures of her Parisian window boxes which she has teamed with cyclamen for a beautiful display.
Until next week, happy planting!