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Window Box Planters – How to Plant Window Boxes

Seeing how many ways there are to dress up your home with window box planters was inspiring.

They are a fabulous way to create curb appeal and are easy to take care of.

I have recently discovered a love for window boxes.  During my summer vacation, we toured 10 states and visited many Botanical Gardens. Tips for planting window boxes to add curb appeal to your home

Window boxes give you the opportunity to combine flowering plants with contrasting foliage plants to add color to all the windows on your house.  

And with the right type of planter, you can also create the same effect on porch rails and deck edging.

We have all come across the picture perfect house with a narrow painted box that perfectly matches the house trim, overflowing with ivy, and geraniums. all perfectly matched for best effect.

But there are dozens of other ways that are not so much of the cottage garden style that will add a wonderful look to your house and give you instant street appeal.Matching flower boxes

Dressing up your home with Window Box Planters

Adding a slash of color to the outside of your home is just the beginning of the talent of a well planted window box. They can bring flowery aromas indoors and give those inside a glimpse of the outside up close.

Window boxes are very versatile, so pretty to look at and can be planted in a wide variety of ways.Window box

Tips for planting Window Box Planters

Mix Plants

Combine plants that are upright with those that have trailing softer growth habits. this pretty window box uses snapdragons, pansies, variegated ivy, petunias and a buttercup type of plant.

The colors coordinate well and there is both height and trailing habits to the box. And how cute is it that it is used on a door, not a window?

Window box used on a door

Combine sizes

Be sure to mix in plants with large, medium, and small leaves for best affect.

Color Schemes

Choose a few colors that match well or those that go well with the colors of your home design for best curb appeal.

This pretty window box used yellow and purple fan flowers for a pretty contrasting look.

Fan flower plant in a window box.

Compliment your house details

 Choose planters that blend well with the other details of your home design so that they coordinate nicely.

Make your own window box

If your window is an odd size, you may have trouble finding window boxes to match.  The answer is to make your own window box.

This design from The Scrap Shoppe Blog is easy to make and very effective too!

Make your own window box from

Maintenance of window box planters

Window boxes made from treated wood or hardwood are easy to paint or stain and this makes them easy to maintain. Plastic tends to fade and metal will tarnish.

Terra-cotta, or concrete boxes are aesthetically pleasing, but are harder work with.

Choosing plants

If you want the least care, choose plants that will last all year long. For splashes of bright color, annuals are best but need replacing as the seasons change.

Size Matters

A window box looks best if it is nicely proportioned to the height of the window. Window boxes that are at least 8 inches wide will also hold water longer. In the photo below the planter covers half of the window.

This not only makes the window look small, but it also blocks light coming into the room from the outside.

Window box planted too full

How to care for the planters

Check the soil regularly, especially in hot weather, and water when it feels dry about 1 inch down into the soil.  Nutrients will wash out of window boxes, so they will need regular applications of fertilizer. .

Keep conditions in mind

If your window is north facing where the sun is not so bright, you’ll have less care.  But if it faces squarely south, you’ll have more care but can plant more color.

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Types of Window Box Planters

Do you need a large house to have window boxes?

It is all fine and dandy if you have a large house with lots of matching windows that just cry out for window boxes. But what if this is not the case in your home?  This photo shows that they can be used even in apartments.

Two matching apartment windows with outside ledges are the perfect spot for small rectangular planter boxes. Planted with a few colorful geraniums, they are the perfect color for these red rimmed windows.

Window box planters on apartments.

Use trailing plants

Window boxes can often look bulky under a window, but adding trailing plants soften them beautifully.

This simple window is enhanced with an overflowing window box that has ivy in the center and trails of purple wave petunias on the outside. It is maximum contrast for a striking look.Window box with trailing plants

Metal Window Boxes

Sphagnum moss lines this metal window box that is beautifully planted with light and dark purple petunias.

The yellow foliage plant compliments the yellow and purple pansies and trailing ivy is just tucked into areas of the moss for a fabulous look.

Metal window box

Keeping it Simple

Plain windows without shutters look great with a simple window box design. This pallet style window box matches the lines of the siding on the house and is simply planted with colorful petunias for a simple but very effective look.

I love the cute picket fence look!Simple window box

Dormer Window Boxes

Dormers add curb appeal to a roof line all on their own, but add a window box to them and you take it up an notch or two. The pink geraniums go nicely with the washed out green shingles on this dormer.Window box on dormer

Matching Set

How dramatic is this look?  Two matching windows have matching window box planters.

The red geraniums are the perfect contrast the the stark white trims, dark green paint and oval seal to make instant curb appeal and add pizzazz to an otherwise stark look.Matching window boxes

Create a window box illusion

If you don’t have, or don’t want, window boxes that are attached to your house, you can still get the look. In this photo, a window ledge is used to create a window box effect with the use of large terracotta planters that blend well with the window trim.

The stone ledge looks almost like a narrow window box, doesn’t it?Window box look

Railing Planters

You can get the look of window boxes by using railing planters. These weather proof planters can be strategically placed on deck and balcony railings to give the illusion of window boxes from the street.

They remove from the railings for easy care and are a nice alternative to the real thing.Railing planters look a lot like window boxes

Bring the look inside

If you are a person who has more of a brown thumb and forget to water your plants, this idea may appeal to you.

Instead of having the window box outside the window, bring it inside on the window ledge, add a couple of watering cans and and you have an instant indoor home decor project.

Green thumb in an instant with your watering cans right near the plants!

The white and yellow shasta daisies in a simple white planter look fabulous.

Indoor window box

Making a Vignette with window boxes

If your windows are lower to the ground, you can use the area below them to stage a vignette. In this photo, two wooden wheelbarrows are part of one over all scene. I love the look!Window box vignette

Adding window box planters to your window gives color, softness and extra dimension to the look of your home. These beautiful miniature gardens are the perfect way to spruce up any window.

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Danielle Daum

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Hi, Carol. We are caladium farmers in Lake Placid, FL. My grandfather started our business over 60 years ago. We sell our bulbs to the wholesale and retail markets and ship all over the world. I've enjoyed reading your blogs and was wondering if you would mind allowing us to have links to your blogs on our website.

Carol Speake

Thursday 18th of February 2021

As long as you link to my blog posts and don't publish my works your site, that is fine.

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