Many people pay attention to the beauty and contrast while setting up a window sill garden. Beauty and the color combination should be last in the priority list, as long as the window garden is concerned. The main thing that matters here is the compatibility of the plants. Different plants have different growth patterns and requirements. It would be difficult o have plants that have different growth factors and requirements to grow together as a company. Here are some tips that will help you choose the plants that can grace your window sills.
- Soil: The texture and the drainage of the soil is the chief factor for the plants. Some plants love to have a firm holding soil, while others prefer loose soil with better drainage. The herbs will need to retain moisture while other plants may need a good drainage in the soil. Combining these different traits will not come out good in a garden. One must study the plants well before choosing them to combine.
- Light requirement: Combine those plants that are similar in their light requirement periods. The long day plants and short plants cannot grow together, period. Well, they can grow in separate pots in the same garden but you may need to get those short day plants inside manually, especially during summer. Combining them together in the same container is not such a good idea.
- Temperature: equally important is the temperature. Plants that need warmer weather and those shying away from the heat would be a disastrous pair.
- Watering frequency depends on the requirement and soil type used. Herbs will demand more water and love to thrive in an moist environment. Such plants need frequent watering.
Keeping these factors in mind, next comes the beauty of the foliage and the flowers.
Colors: Too many colors together will not be attractive. Stick to just 2-3 options. Contrasting color would be most advisable. It will give a dramatic appearance. While mixing the colors, throw in both flowers and foliage. It would give a better shading effect as well.
Balance: A balanced combination would be a big plant at the centre, some filler around. This goes for the pot that goes at either end of the window sill. The centre plant shouldn’t be too big, a small-medium height should be enough.
Container: Choosing colorful container will add to the effect of the beauty. Most people try to hide the container under the ferns and other trailing plants. Don’t do that. Show off your container too. You can choose anything that catches your eye. It should be ok, as long as it has a good drainage hole or at least have the provision to make one.
In a long container, grow the plants according to their height, with the centre one tallest and the height gradually reducing to the sides.
Whatever you do, do not over crowd the container or the pot. Too many plants will definitely spoil all the efforts. Keep it minimal but not to the bare look. it is not the number of plants that make the beauty, those factors are the size, color, texture and the lighting effects.