ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Interesting Facts About Window Box

Updated on April 28, 2013

Window box is a container filled with plants, which normally rests on a windowsill but can be attached as well to the building below the window. A window box gives people the possibility of having a small garden in a confined area, when they have no other areas to plant, for very little expert knowledge and effort. It has been traditional in Britain and Europe in general to have billowing and floriferous window boxes cascading with plants adorning apartment windows, houses, storefronts, restaurants, and even service stations.

The average window box is 36 inches (90 cm) long, 8 inches (20 cm) high, and 8 inches wide, but it can be made or bought to fit the actual size of your window ledge. The box should not exceed 4 feet (1.2 meters), as it would become unwieldy and dangerous otherwise. It can be made from different rot-resistant woods such as redwood, cedar, teakwood, clean pine (without knots), or plywood treated with a noncreosote wood preservative that will not harm the plants by leaching into the soil. Other possibilities include cast stone, lead, concrete, terra-cotta, fiberglass, plastic, or metal. The last two, however, are not always the best choices as they tend to heat up.


If you do not buy a ready-made box but build one, keep in mind the importance of reinforcing the corners securely either by screwing the corner edges together with galvanized screws (nails have a tendency to pop out over a period of time) or with angle irons attached to each corner. The wood should be at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick for insulation purposes, and a number of drainage holes should be drilled into the bottom of the box.

Plants may be planted in good potting soil, mixed at home or bought in a store, or individual pots with plants in them may be placed in the box with sphagnum moss acting as a mulch for insulation purposes. If planted, leave at least 3/4 inch (2 cm) from the top of the soil line to the top of the box so the soil does not spill over the side when watered. Pack in the plants as close as possible to give an immediate effect of fullness to the box as well as to produce an abundant bloom. All boxes should have drainage materials (crock, pebbles, etc.) at the bottom to ensure proper drainage.

Since window boxes are not just an architectural feature but are filled with living things, they should be watered on a regular basis. Because of window overhang above, rain normally will not water boxes. During the height of the season, boxes should be checked for watering daily. Water thoroughly, going from end to end over the entire soil surface, and make sure to give enough water to have it pour out the drainage holes. Plants can be fertilized every two weeks during the height of the season. Make sure boxes are attached either to the windowsill or window frame securely.

For sunny and hot exposures the top choices are geraniums, marigolds (lower French variety), petunias, lantana, verbena, wax begonias, miniature snapdragons, Madagascar vinca, phlox, and portulaca. For partial shade, lobelia, Madagascar vinca, fuchsia, coleus, and caladiums are to be recommended.

For the front of the box, to create a spilling over, cascading effect use English ivy or perwinkle, either regular or variegated spider plants, asparagus fern, ice plants, or ivy-leafed geraniums. As an added treat, attach a trellis to the back of the box and run up it climbing plants such as morning glory, black-eyed Susan vine, or scarlet runner bean.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)