Window Box Gardening Ideas

By: Matthew Buquoi

Window planters are the latest fad in the United States. Now that affordable, low maintenance alternatives to wood such as vinyl and PVC, window box gardening are available, window planters are back in full bloom after taking a break for several decades. Planting in a window box can be fun, creative, and challenging all at once. A great idea for a beginner is to use a removable liner inside your window box. This will give you the most flexibility and allow you to mix it up with your window box all year round.

Once you decide on an easily accessible location for your window box you're ready to begin planting. This is where you get to let your creativity and personality come out the most. The question is whether you wish to use the window box for gardening, planting, or landscaping. A window box on the front of the house will usually better serve to hold plants and flowers for landscaping and are great for adding curb appeal. If you have an extended window in the front of your house, this may be a great place to stage a long custom window box. A long double or triple window can showcase a long string of flowers, hanging plants, or ivy and can mix well with nearby landscaping.

If you wish to enjoy your window box in a more private setting, gardening is a great alternative and can often be achieved from inside the house with some casual maintenance if you place your window box strategically. A small window box off of a popular window can be used to grow adifferent herbs and spices to create your own easy to access. It's a good baby step for those of us who want to start a much larger garden in our backyard.

One last suggestion for window box planting is to choose flowers or plants that coordinate well with the color and style of the home. Bright colors will bring more focus to the planters and green plants will often neutralize and cause your window box to blend in. Make sure to consider the temperature and weather conditions that the plants can grow in as well and water often so that the flowers and plants look their healthiest at all times. If you apply some of these tips you'll be well on your way to having the best looking house on the block!

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