Tips for Creating Gorgeous Window Boxes

Love the look of window boxes but don't know where to get started? We've got some ideas.

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Window boxes not only celebrate spring, they add real curb appeal, too. Here are our tips on creating lush arrangements you'll love coming home to.

Choosing a Window Box

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  • We usually buy our window boxes at the local nursery or a big box retailer. Before you go shopping, remember to measure the size of the windows you want to decorate. Your boxes should be around the size of your window, give or take a few inches.
  • Boxes come in a variety of sizes and prices—just pick the type that works with your house style and taste.
  • Your box will come with brackets for mounting; ideally the box should be hung a few inches below the window.

How to Plant in a Window Box

  • You can either plant directly in the box, or plant in a window box liner that you drop in, and dispose of at the end of the season (which we think is easier). Another option is placing potted plants into the box and filling around them with moss.
  • If you're planting in a liner, fill your container two-thirds full of potting soil and get planting. Then, by hand, fill in with potting soil around your plants. Like any container, make sure your box contains drain holes.

What Should You Plant?

  • As far as what to plant, we follow the “thriller, filler, spiller” rule of thumb: One “thriller” plant that's taller, other flowers or plants that fill the planter, and plants that spill over the sides.
  • A few planting ideas include heliotrope (which is fragrant and colorful), verbena (a trailing plant with flowers), coleus (a colorful plant with variegated leaves) and pansies.
  • For very sunny spots, silver mound artemisia is a nice choice (its delicate gray foliage forms an airy mound), and geraniums. For shady spots, we like ferns, hostas, and impatiens.
  • Some of us here are die-hard cooks, so we keep an herb box filled with basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, and parsley under our kitchen window. Just open the kitchen window while cooking and grab the herbs you need!

Ryan Homes Tip: Water deeply so that water comes out of your box's drainage holes. Periodically test the soil with your finger—if it's dry, water again.