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What are some ideas for garden planter-box designs?

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Mix strong bloomers such as verbena and plants with unusual foliage such as kale in a garden planter box design in a sunny area. In the shade, plant three shade-friendly varieties together, such as coleus for height, ivy for length, and begonias for color. Place the coleus and begonias in two separate rows in the box, surrounded by the ivy.

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What are some ideas for garden planter-box designs?
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For big windows, design a garden planter box with plenty of dimension, texture and depth. Mix seven or more varieties together, such as bacopa, shrimp plants, heliotropes, daisies and licorice vines. In small windows, try trailing plants such as scaevola and verbena to keep the design growing down instead of up.

Sweet potato vine mixes well with most plants and thrives in both sun and shade. Try mixing it in the planter box with snapdragon in multiple colors, browallia and pentas.

Choose three different colors of the same plant, such as impatiens, for a colorful planter box. Red, white and hot pink impatiens blend nicely.

For a simple and elegant look, design an all-white window box, mixing white geraniums, ivy, bacopa and impatiens. Silvery foliage also works with a white planter box design, and makes the box glow at dusk. Try adding silvery licorice vine or artemsia to achieve this effect.

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