Waking up on a bright summer's morning and looking out on collections of pinks, mauves, purple and white flowers is my heaven! The smells wafting through the windows to give the house a fresh fragrance! To plant a window box, I suggest you use John Innes Multi-purpose compost, slow release feeding and quality Irish-grown flowers.
Some of my favourite window boxes have been filled with the following:
Trailing geraniums, nepeta, verbena, diascias, busy lizzies, bacopa and begonias. For exceptionally scented window boxes try some surfinia blue vein – simply wonderful!
Varieties that do really well in sunny positions include Jamaica Primrose, Geraniums, Dianthus, Surfinias, Pansies, Osteospermum and Argyranthemum
For shaded positions, here are some suggestions: Busy Lizzies, Begonias, Fuchsias, Diascias
A summer garden just wouldn't be the same without patches of great big daisies blooming right throughout the season and into autumn. Did you know that daisies love sunshine? You shouldn't plant them in the shade – they hate it. To smile and perform, they really require warm sunshine.
Daisies love to be dry. Most people overwater them at the beginning of the season, so try to avoid doing this. Go on, have a crazy summer – grow some daisies!
Night Scented Stock
There is a truly heavenly fragrance from this flower. Grown only from seeds, which germinate very easily in the ground, you can sow them directly in the garden. It's best to pick a spot in the garden where you would most like to have the wonderful scent in the evening, usually near a patio or driveway.