The Wonderful Windowbox

Colorful windowboxes provide touches of beauty to homes and businesses all season long.

One of the joys of summer on Nantucket is the beautiful windowboxes decorating homes on nearly every street. Displays of gorgeous color come alive as soon as the daffodils come into bloom during the island’s annual April Daffodil Festival, when more than 50,000 bulbs burst forth all over this island, attracting visitors from near and far for a popular seaside festival.

The Wonderful Windowbox

Many businesses in the village’s famous shopping center change their windowboxes with each season, starting off in April and May with boxes of all shapes and sizes full of spring flowers like tiny yellow Tete e Tete daffodils, fragrant hyacinths, and bright primroses in purple, pink, and yellow. By the time Memorial Day explodes on the Cape and Islands scene like a burst of fireworks, many windowboxes have been completely replanted with summertime high performers, like the popular Wave petunias in pink, purple, and white, cascading chartreuse or deep purple sweet potato vines, varieties of multi-flowered verbena, and of course, geraniums galore.

The Wonderful Windowbox

Miniature beach grasses and interesting foliage plants, like sedum and even tiny cactus, add whimsical texture and drama to many of Nantucket’s gardens in miniature. The creativity of the island’s floral designers seems to increase every season. By late August, the boxes are often bursting with color and texture. However, when the island’s increasingly popular shoulder season of September though November arrives, new autumnal flowers are often planted, including chrysanthemums and asters in a rainbow of colors.

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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