A window shutter transforms a window box from blah to bright. Once you find a shutter the right size for your box, decide whether to paint it or leave it in the condition you found it. We chose a sunny yellow! Attach the shutter to the box using screws.
If you like your colors spicy hot, plant this design in a red or bright yellow box to underscore the vivid plant selection. Put coleus varieties ‘Skyrocket’ and ‘Tabasco’ in the back and New Guinea impatiens across the front and sides. Vinca vine trails in front. Grow this arrangement in partial sun.
The rich shades of coleus make a statement next to spots of bright color from blooms. From left: coleus 'Stained Glassworks Copper', Lantana 'Dallas Red', beargrass, coleus 'True Red', coleus 'Stained Glassworks Big Blond' and licorice vine.
It's game on with some vintage croquet mallets and a window box painted in rustic tones. If you like, push a few old metal croquet wickets into the soil at the front of the box to round out the croquet theme.
We scoured architectural salvage shops to find the inspiration for this idea. A piece of old Victorian-inspired ceiling tin (ours is a vintage border) gives an elegant twist to an ordinary window box. Use tin snips (and a pair of gloves) to cut the metal so it fits the window box. Secure using construction adhesive or nails.
Tip: Can't find any vintage ceiling tin that will work? Buy a new tin piece and give it a distressed look with paint.
Variegated trailers dangle over the edge of this box filled to brimming with cottage favorites including hibiscus, impatiens, pansies and periwinkle.
Customize your window box to fit the occasion by incorporating chalkboard into the design. Attach a piece of old schoolhouse slate to a simple window box using exterior adhesive, or prime a window box, then paint with chalkboard paint.
Plant petunias in red, white and the bluest-looking purple you can find for a star-spangled scene in a red, white or blue container. Arrange plants in rows for stripes of color. Let vinca vines cascade over the edges. Grow this box in full sun.
For a light, delicate look, plant pink ‘Wave’ petunias and blue lobelia in front of silver ‘Icicle’ helichrysum. Vinca vine trails over the ivory-color box. Set in full sun.
Salvaged wrought-iron fencing puts a fresh look along the top of basic window boxes. (Peek among the leaves to find the subtle rust-colored iron.) Cut ironwork to fit the length of the box, then use screws to attach it from inside.
Tip: If painting the fencing, be sure to use a stain-blocking metal primer first.
For a spot of color in a shady setting, make groupings of coordinating colors of impatiens, such as pink and burgundy. Boston ferns separate the groups. Vinca trails over the cool green box.
Tulips and pansies combine in a simple, bright spring window box arrangement.
Yellow petunias mingle with spikes of grass and a variegated trailer in a window box decorated in lattice matching that used on this porch.
At a woodsy retreat, this subdued collection of petunias and other plants fills a craftsman-style box.
Sweet potato vine and some coleus thrive in this shady setting and coordinate with the wood colors of this log cabin.
Trimmed and tidy is overrated. Let your plants grow like wild for a beautiful arrangement that falls naturally. Sweet potato vines are ideal for overhang while shades of ‘Floral Showers’ snapdragons, browallia ‘Blue Bell’ and ‘Graffiti Pink’ pentas sprinkle color throughout.
Vibrant ‘Wave’ petunias mixed with coleus and sweet potato vine make modest containers captivating.
Garden art catches the eye when framed by a bursting of foliage. Start by centering a boxwood topiary near the back of the box. Build around the piece with ‘Wave’ petunias, tuberus begonias, sweet potato vine and variegated trailers. Place a sculpture or other garden novelty in front to complete.
Billowing asparagus ferns promote a well-nourished window box. Add rosy periwinkles on either side for a delicate pop of color.
Visitors receive a charming introduction on the front steps thanks to ‘Bullseye Light Pink’ geraniums, ‘Supertunia Bermuda Beach’ petunias and lobelia ‘Riviera Blue Eyes’.
For an arrangement that looks so good you could eat it, try ornamental cabbage and flowering kale. As hybrids, the pair won’t taste as good as relative varieties, but their blossoming stature is ideal for decoration.
Complement your home’s exterior with a hanging box of coordinating colors. Plant flowers that reflect your home, like the pale purple of ‘Delta Beaconsfield’ pansies and lobelia ‘Riviera Midnight Blue’ accented by ‘Fordhook Favorites’ nasturtium and Madagascar dragontree.
Fill an old gutter with succulents like echeveria and sedum ‘Angelina’, then hang the lively scene from a deck railing. When watering succulents, soak the soil, not the rosette.
Though generally considered accent plants, coleus ‘Dark Chocolate’ and draping sweet potato vines layer to create a bold statement all on their own. Contrast their clean lines with an eclectic mix of potted alternatives, like petunias, cordyline and impatiens.
A white-washed home demands floral detail. Give it some with a soft combination of ‘Orbit Pink’ geraniums, petunias and cascading ‘Lemon Mist’ Swan River daisies.
Even low-hanging boxes can provide a bold element to a home’s exterior. Bright varieties like ‘Bridal Bouquet’ bacopa, torenia ‘Catalina Blue’, calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Purple’, ‘Marine’ heliotrope, ‘Read’s White’ daisy and licorice vine guarantee it won’t be passed by.
Artemisia ‘Silver Brocade’ embellishes a collection of white blossoms, including baby’s breath, ‘Madeira White’ daisy, ‘Harmony White’ stock, ‘Saratoga White’ nicotiana and snow-in-summer, in this lovely container.
Flower-filled hangers can dress up decks, too. This planter maintains a cohesive look with ‘Double Wave’ petunias, ‘Kaleidoscope’ pentas and snapdragons from the same color family.
Two white pots and three window boxes in coordinating colors line a sunny shelf. Fill with plants with ferny leaves, such as daisies or coreopsis, for an airy look.
Fresh and dried flowers make for a bountiful fall look. Oversize cabbages and hydrangea blossoms anchor an arrangement that has branches twisting out in fun swirls.
Fuchsia impatiens stay vivid even in dim settings. The shade-loving flowers create a sweet scene when brimmed with dichondra, a foliage that can trail up to six feet.