Looking for some quaint flower box inspiration? Today I’m sharing exactly what I plant in my DIY flower boxes for a cottage vibe!
If you’ve been on the hunt for some quaint flower box inspiration than I hope this post will help! I JUST planted my flowers, so they will look a little dinky in today’s post. But I promise to update you all in July when they are full and overflowing!
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We built our flower boxes about eight years ago now, and while I stick with the same color palette each year, the flowers I choose tend to vary.
There are, however, a few staples that I love to include every single year just because they are so whimsical and cottage-y, and I’m going to share all of those flowers with you today!
Quaint Flower Box Choices
Since my home is gray, I love how blues, purples and dark pinks look in my gardens, so those are the colors I tend to use. Here is what I used this year –
Diamond Frost – tiny, whimsical white flowers that are heat tolerant and do not need to be deadheaded. They weave around flowers nearby and are very self sufficient.
Trailing Amethyst – perfect for containers or flower boxes, these small purple flowers trail beautifully and are also self cleaning!
Laguna Sky Blue – tiny periwinkle flowers that cascade, do not require deadheading, and bloom all season long.
Easter Bonnet Violet Alyssum – dainty, dark purple flowers that spread in gorgeous clusters.
Petunias – this year we chose a light purple variety that blooms all season long. Petunias are heat tolerant and multiply all summer. Best of all, they attract hummingbirds!
Tips for Quaint Flower Box Planting
In order to remove the flowers from their containers, simple scrunch the bottom of the container until you loosen up the soil inside. Tip the flowers over and they should slide right out into your hand!
Create a hole for your flowers but before placing them in the soil, and loosen up the roots a bit so that they are no longer compacted together.
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Do not plant your flowers too close. It might be tempting to cram everything in for a fuller look, but believe me your flowers need room to grow and expand.
Once you place the flowers into your box, fill in the area around it with soil and be sure to water thoroughly.
I once read a neat tip that I thought I would share with you guys. Water every day, but on Sunday’s give your flowers “holy water” – a.k.a Miracle Grow. Haha! I try to follow that rule through the end of May and most of June. Come July I simply stick to water.
When to plant flowers in Zone Six
We live in Michigan, and honestly you NEVER know what type of weather you’ll get in the spring. This year, we had snow the first week in May. It was crazy! I usually don’t plant until Memorial Day weekend. Usually at that point we are safe from any more frost or snow!
Well I hope my post helped to provide some quaint flower box inspiration! I am really loving the combination of flowers I have for this year. What do you guys usually plant in your boxes? Do you have any tips and tricks you’d like to share? Please let me know in the comments below!