Don’s Expert Answers: Unsure on plant combination in window flower bed

Question From:
Louisa Spiteri in Earlwood, Sydney New South Wales

Nature of problem:
Unsure on plant combination in window flower bed

Type of Plant (if known):
Bougainvillea ‘La Jolla’; Ixora (Ixora chinensis ‘Prince of Orange’; Pelargoniums

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
(Not yet planted)

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
Potting mix

How often do you water the plant:
(not yet planted)

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
6 hours (morning sun)

How long since you planted it:
(not yet planted)

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
(not yet planted)

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:

What other treatments have you given the plant:

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Other Comments:
Hi Don,

I’m very excited to prepare a flower bed outside our kitchen window sill (with the dual purpose of giving us some privacy from the neighbours as well as a burst of colour). I had this plant combination in mind: Bougainvillea ‘La Jolla’;
Ixora (Ixora chinensis ‘Prince of Orange’); and Pelargoniums. The window is about 2 metres long and half a metre wide (see image attached). It will receive about 6 hours of sun (morning sun).
Do you have any suggestions on appropriate plants/care? I’m not an experienced gardener and something low maintenance would probably be best!

Kind regards,


Hi Louisa, pelargoniums would be an excellent choice. Plant them in one long trough that is as wide and long as possible. The depth of premium quality potting mix should be no less than 40cm. A mini watering system would be a good idea – watering will be the make or break of this project. Make siure that watering is easy and right at hand. Visit the Geranium Cottage at Middle Dural for a great selection of pelargoniums and an equally great lunch. Don