The window boxes is simply a number of containers attached to your window, overflowing with fragrant flowers and plants. Having some boxes will add beauty and elegance to your house’s facade. This summer, let’s make lush window boxes to decorate your home sweet home with us!

Before jumping in, you should consider these following things:

How to Plant a Window Box Garden?

First, Select a Window Box

What Kind of Box Do You Like?

There are many kinds of boxes to choose from, and the choice depends on  your preferences and home style. The main types include softwood or hardwood boxes, which are easy to paint and decorate. Otherwise, you can choose plastic, metal, earthenware, or concrete boxes.

Do You Need Big or Small Box Sizes?

The tip here is to select a 20cm full box. It can allow plants and roots to grow and prevent the soil from drying. Also, a window box needs to be smaller than the size of your window.

Feel free to make the boxes yourself. Just use 1-inch boards and waterproof glue and galvanized or brass screws to ensure the pieces stick together. Remember to drill some drainage holes along the box bottom.

Attach the Box Before Putting in the Tree

The proper position of the box is below the window about 5-10cm and lower if the window opens to the outside. You use steel racks of 45cm and fasten them to the outside of masonry with screws. After that, place the box on and screw the lower part into the racks.

Next, how to Plant and Care Window Box Garden

You can plant directly or place the flowers in plastic or metal liners inside the box. Alternatively, fill the box with moss, bark or other materials before planting flowers inside.

Then you need to cover the drainage holes, add soil and hard soil around the tree. Remember to leave at least 2-3cm above to water. You need to water the plants regularly, fertilize, and remove discolored ones to let other flowers grow healthily.

Notice: Exposing the window box to the sun and frequent watering can prevent the flowers from dying. If you cannot expose the flowers to the sunlight due to rain and wind, remember to check the dryness frequently.

You don't need to worry about the shade because many plants thrive in partly or wholly shade.

Finally, Choose Suitable Plants

Depending on your preferences, there is a variety of plants to grow. The main thing to note is to select a mixture of types such as trailers, vertical trees, filler plants, and bulbs. The desired plants should not be too high to block the view of the windows.

It’s so creative to buy flowers which have contrast colors with the background like bright trees against bright or woody faces, pale flowers over dark brick walls.

We have a list of 12 types of plants that you can grow in a window box. And remember that there are still many other trees and flowers on the market.

If you like annual plants, bring home these flowers. Here are some features of these plants:

  • Sweet alyssum: fragrant, colorful like white, cream, pink and purple, easy to grow and beautifully-filled, and reseeding itself.
  • Lobelia: look like clouds of white, blue, dark blue, rose, lavender, and cobalt.
  • Pansies: vibrant colors and quickly fill the gap between other trees.
  • Petunias: bring a feel of summer. Try cascading varieties to have more flowers blooming in a variety of colors.
  • Impatiens: offer shade and a variety of colors. Choose low-growth dwarf varieties for beautiful foliage.
  • Dianthus: have sweet scent, beautiful colors, and easy to grow.

For permanent plants, we have excellent choices for you. Let’s explore some features of these plants:

  • Ivy geranium: grow well in the windows, having great stems covered with bright flowers.
  • Geraniums: grow quickly and bring clusters of brilliant flowers n white, crimson, and apple pink.
  • Dwarf bulbs: have miniature size, and suitable for window boxes.
  • Ground ivy: long stems spilling from the window box with green or varied colors.
  • English ivy:  attractive flowers and suitable for any window box, survive under the sun or shade. You can choose cream or yellow color to make the flowers stand out from the leaves.
  • Miniature roses: create elegant and attractive window boxes when combined with annual or permanent trees. Some types even come with pleasant aromas.

Window Box Garden Is the Best Way to Decorate Your House

Now you can live in harmony with nature thanks to the window boxes. In addition to adding beauty to your home window, the flowers also help you relax after a stressful working day.

Nothing is more satisfying than to drink a cup of tea, read a book, and listen to a favorite song in the middle of many beautiful flowers and sweet scent. Do you agree?

Amelia
 

Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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