Steps to Planting a Window Box

Home and Garden - Gardening
By: nrichford    
21-Mar-2011

Introduction:Filling a window box with flowers adds charm to you home and gives your guests a warm welcome. But don't just choose the first flowers that you see. Give your window some thought and create a spectacular display that will last all summer.

  • 01

    Soil

    Mix equal parts all-purpose potting soil, peat moss and perlite to make a lightweight soil for you window boxes or containers. Potting soil or garden loam is to heavy for containers and packs down easily making it difficult for your plants to get the nutrients they need from the soil.

  • 02

    Lighting

    Check the light exposure for your window box before choosing flowers. Flowers labeled as full sun require 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Areas that receive filtered light through trees or are shaded by buildings require plants for shade or partial shade.

  • 03

    Color

    Choose a color scheme for your window box. Select bold plants, such as petunias or geraniums in your primary color. Add smaller flowers in a secondary color. Tuck in a neutral color, such as white, to brighten the box.

  • 04

    Foliage

    Consider the leaf size, shape and color as this adds to the appeal of your window box. Lacy or textured foliage adds depth while colored foliage, such as coleus, adds a range of colors to enhance the arrangement of your window box.

  • 05

    Trailing Vines

    Add trailing vines that complement your primary colors. I prefer blue lobelia or allysum as they add a romantic touch, but ivies and other trailing vines are attractive, too.




Final Thoughts

Aim for both upright and mounding plants for your window box. Add trailing vines to spill over the edge. This adds height to the box and creates an impressive display of color and texture.


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Comments

  • tracyann 4/6/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list! H5! When we traveled to Germany, every home had window boxes, they were so beautiful!

  • litetender 3/21/2011 Flag This Comment

    Alas, I don't have any window boxes (but wish that I did!) but I do have some big planters, and am going to adapt your suggestions to them! H54!

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