Adding window boxes to your home will compliment the season perfectly and add rich color to the outside of your home

Pictured here are beautiful autumnal floral arrangements!

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Dwarf Alberta, kales, pansies, and violas provide rich colors and texture. Cascading English Ivy adds some romantic drama to the arrangement.

Choose your box wisely.

If the window box is going to be in direct sunlight, avoid metal or dark colored wood. These materials will heat up quickly and toast roots. If you choose terra cotta, remember to immerse the boxes completely in water before planting. If you don’t, the clay will soak up all of the water meant for the plants!

A window box should be 25% the height of the window. If your windows are very tall, make it 20%. Boxes should be at least 4 inches wide. Anything less will require more watering than usual. There should be holes in the bottom of the box for water to drain. If there aren’t, you will have to drill a few. Cover these holes with coffee filters or screening so dirt doesn’t fall through.

Here is a listing of plants that work wonderfully in window boxes:

Flowers

Bacopa (a.k.a. Sutera) cultivars
Dwarf sunflower (Helianthus)
Fan flower (Scaevola spp.)
Gazania
Geranium (Pelargonium cultivars)
Heliotrope (Heliotropium)
Million bells (Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells’)
Osteospermum spp.
Petunia spp. (especially the Supertunia Series)
Portulaca Yubi Hybrids
Sedum spp.
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)
Verbena spp.

Foliage

Black Mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’)
Boxwood (Buxus)
Caladium
Coleus (Coleus x hybridus)
Cordyline indivisa
Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’)
Ivy (Hedera spp.)
Licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare)
Lotus vine (Lotus berthelotii)
Ornamental kale (Brassica)
Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas)
Trailing coleus varieties (Solenostemon spp.)

Herbs

Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Thyme

Vegetables

Cherry tomatoes
Lettuce
Peppers
Swiss chard

I hope these tips are helpful to you! Happy gardening, home wizards!