I made a quick two-day trip to Charleston late last week for the Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens, followed by a regional meeting of the Garden Writers Association. Thursday was enjoyed with my friend Carolyn, who lives in the historic district, and we spent the biggest part of the day crisscrossing our favorite blocks near the Battery, fortified by good food and wine at the Gaulart & Maliclet Café.
Though spring came late to Charleston, as it has throughout the state, many window boxes were elaborately dressed for the pleasure of visitors. Oftentimes the historic homes abut the sidewalk, thus bloom-filled window boxes and other containers comprise the front garden. I’m always charmed by these displays and thought you might be too. The dozen pictured here provide a good sampling.
Pretty in peachy-pink and white, with accents in bold blue and chartreuse.
A tropical punch of orange combines nicely with Easter egg colors against the gray house.
Dramatic but my fingers itch to give the ivy cascades a little trim.
A handsome purple and white combo accented with Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) suits this old building.
Cyclamen of all colors were featured in various boxes. I particularly like these bold pink ones.
Almost periwinkle and soft yellow are a winning mix.
A successful focus on foliage.
My favorite color scheme–silver and gold. A tiny touch of blue would provide contrast to make the harmony pop.
Hmmm…..I wonder what color the snapdragons will be.
A touch of class with an ivy swag topped with a box ball.
Technically a window bed, rather than box, but too pretty to pass up.
The 68th Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens continues through April 19. The city’s fabulous window boxes, however, can be enjoyed every day of the year.