Is it early to spot planters overflowing with leaves and flowers? A bit. Is it too early to plan your own? No way! It's the perfect time to be ordering roots and tubers or shopping for plants at the Greenmarkets. Some people may be hatching a plot to make something edible, like what THE KITCHEN outlined last year in their 3 part series. Others might be planning something purely aesthetic, like what FLORA demonstrated for our readers last year:
The first peek, above, at a tuberous begonia I am growing for my own flowerbox.
One tip to start off - Choosing perennials that can come back every year provides a great backdrop to the showier annuals you may plant. You also get a return on your investment every year they return: On the ornamental side, Hostas, Ivy, and grasses like Hakonechloa and Uncinia Rubra will all come back. They all thrive in shade, so are perfect for the city. Another good investment are tuberous plants, like the begonias above or dahlias. You can easily dig up the tubers before the frost and store them for use in the next year. But even if you are not planning on a flowerbox you can always appreciate your neighbors' handiwork. Nominate your neighbor for a Flowerbox Award and send us an address or picture! - matt at apartmenttherapy dot com