LAST WEEKEND, I had great fun designing a purple, pink and blue garden for the window in my upstairs bath. This window, which faces east, is outfitted with a broad sill (made possible by a bookcase that just matches the height of the existing sill) and three glass shelves. Here are the plants, and a few words about them, which comprise the multi-level portrait:
On the bookcase, from left-to-right: Davallia fejeensis, the so-called “Rabbit’s Foot Fern;” Aster dumosus ‘Sapphire;’ a trio of pink Begonia semperflorens; Coffea arabica, and Asparagus densiflorus, or “Asparagus Fern.” To boost the humidity around the ferns, I’ve set their pots on pebble filled saucers, to which a quantity of water is added daily.
You can depend on the waxen blooms of B. semperflorens to emerge non-stop all winter long. How I care for this easy plant.
First shelf: African violets are also reliable for winter bloom. Here, a pair of pink singles flank a double purple one. How I propagate and grow these Saintpaulias.
Want to see the various window gardens I’ve designed over the years? You will find them here.
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