Trinity Windowboxes 2014 Recipes

by Patrick Muir on November 26, 2013

The theme for this post, I suppose, is growing older and wiser. I’ve discovered the best time to design containers is right at the end of season when your thoughts and observations are fresh. Why did this take me decades to figure out? It’s particularly admirable this time because I want to break out of the safety of using just two varieties per box typified by three ‘Kong Rose Wizard’ Coleus separated by two Creeping Jenny ‘Aurea’. Being a creature from the often maligned advertising world, I had to create brand names for each.

Under the Sea 

1 Golden Shrimp Plant,  Justicia brandegeana

2 Angelonia ‘Angelface Dark Violet’






3 Elvolvulus ‘Blue My Mind’


2 3 1 3 2

Evening in the Baby Nursery

1 ‘Dark Star’ PW Sun Coleus

2 Scaveola New Wonder

3 Evolvus Blue My Mind

4 Angelonia Serenita Pink


4 2 1 3 4


Attack of the Killer Kongs 

1 Coleus King Kong Rose






2 Coleus Kong Junior Scarlet

3 ‘Lemon Licorice’ plant


1 3 2 3 1


Salute To Wildcat Nation (KSU)

1 Lantana Lemon Glow






2 Scaveola ‘New Wonder’

3 Superbena Violet Ice

4 Purple Angelonia


4 3 1 2 4


Chilly Chili Bang Bang  

1 Pepper ‘Chilly Chili






2 Parsley

3 Portulaca ‘Pazaaz’ Tangerine


2 3 1 3 2

Blackberry Sponge Cake

1 Vinca ‘Jam & Jellies Blackberry’

2 Scaveola ‘New Wonder’

3 Superbena Violet Ice

4 Lantana ‘Lucky Lemon Glow’

1 2 4 2 1

Fire & Ice 

1 Fuchsia Koralle






2 Variegated plectranthus

3  Sunpatiens Mauve

4 Begonia Bonfire — trailing


1 2 3 4 1


Wings & Things 

1 Begonia Dragon Wing






2 Begonia Baby Wing Pink

3 variegated plectranthus

4 Begonia Bonfire — trailing


2 3 1 4 2

White Wedding

1 White Caladium


2 White Begonia/impatiens

3 White Polka-Dot

4 Licorice Plant

5 Vinca Vine

2 4 1 5 3

So my friends, what do you think of my creations? Feel free to copy but just give credit when credit is due, of course.

Other plants to incorporate:

Cleome Senorita Rosalita 24-48″ tall


Patrick's Garden

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

New Hampshire Gardener December 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I think they’re going to be beautiful. I also think “Blue My Mind” is the best plant name I’ve ever heard!


Patrick December 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Thanks for you comment. I’m really excited to see what happens but I’ll have to practice incredible patience to wait for the creative performance. Seven months is a long time to begin to see a payoff.


New Hampshire Gardener December 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm

It’s always worth the wait though!


Patrick December 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Agreed, my friend.


Robert December 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

I am not a gardner, but surely do enjoy the colors. Particularly like the violet! Thank you.


Patrick December 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

Glad to have brightened your day. Come back often.


Donna December 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Sorry it took so long to get here. Your link would not open until today (after three tries just now), and since I see you infrequently, I did forget for a day or so. I wonder if others were having the same problem with your URL. Anyway, I like how you gave clever names to your containers for next year. All of them should be beautiful. You should have the names on a small sign for all the residents to see.


Patrick December 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Thanks for the report on the malfunction. Will have to investigate. Wonder how many have had the same trouble?


Patrick January 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

By the way, 15 years in the ad business as a frustrated creative and being totally surrounded by truly creative people, certainly had an impact as demonstrated here. One of my first ad hoc projects right out of school was coming up with variety and color names for PanAmerican Seed, breeders of among classics like Super Elfin Impatiens.


Dorothy/Gardening With Nature December 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I’m happy to have found your interesting blog. I look forward to reading more.


Patrick December 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I feel the same way, Dorothy. Looking forward to a long, rewarding relationship based on what I’ve seen on your blogs.


Jason December 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Hi Patrick! These should be great, but I’m not sure I understand what the sequence of numbers for layout means.


Patrick December 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm

The numbers show the layout of each window box. For example, each plant is assigned a number in front of it and the layout shows where it is to be planted in the box. So in the first example, the Golden Shrimp Plant will be planted in the middle of the box. Make sense, my learned friend?


Jason December 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

OK, got it.


Kathryn December 13, 2013 at 7:23 am

I’m such a hapless idiot when it comes to planting window boxes, so I’m really excited to see this post! I’ll have to remember it in spring when we can begin planting again.


Patrick December 13, 2013 at 8:52 am

Just subscribe and I’m sure I’ll be revisiting.


Shirley December 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Love the names and the combinations. The Begonias sound like my favorite and I look forward to seeing all that advance planning come into bloom next summer.


Patrick December 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Count on seeing a new and improved performance in 2014, Shirley.


sweetbay December 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I agree on the timing of planning! I think the boxes are going to look amazing.


Patrick December 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Thanks for your support, Sweetbay.


Patty White April 17, 2014 at 5:42 am

Thanks for sharing your recipes, Patrick. I have always wanted a KSU garden but may start with your Salute to Wildcat Nation pot. Love your blog!


Patrick April 17, 2014 at 6:57 am

Go wildcats. Happy to help a fellow fan and hope the recipe works well for you.


Kimberley at Cosmos and Cleome May 17, 2014 at 4:15 am

Ooh, lantana and scaveola together. Working on my boxes this very weekend–very well may copy that idea! Though I haven’t seen scaveola at the local nurseries just yet this year. : (

Also liking the idea of the peppers, parsley, and portulaca together, not to mention the alliteration!


Patrick June 5, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Glad to get your imagination stirring, my dear friend.


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