I was asked to refresh the window boxes ready for winter at the Mary Ward Centre adult education building in Queen Square London. The existing planting was very tired with the ivy in particular getting out of control and rather woody. One of the client’s requirements was to improve the look of the displays from withing the building itself, as the existing plants were very unappealing to look at form the cafe, reception and classrooms that looked out at them.
After removing the existing planters it was clear that the plant trays the sat in could do with refreshing as well. This was achieved using a straight to metal/rust paint that improved their appearance no end.
The plants I decided to use in the boxes were:
- Cyclamen hederifolium, for long lasting winter colour in shady conditions.
- Stipa tenuissima for a vertical accent.
- Hedera helix ‘Glacier’ to trail over the edges and add some foliage interest
The final displays are very colourful and have the added benefit of being attractive from both within and outside the building.