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Windowsill Planter Gardens

Updated on September 27, 2011

Grow a Garden in a Window Sill Planter

Being able to grow herbs, flowers, and small plants indoors all year round is one way of enjoying the outdoors no matter what the season. Being able to grow and harvest fresh herbs can help you create savory dishes and save some money as well, while blooming flowers can add a wonderful fragrance and provide a burst of color to the room. Of course, indoor plants can also act to improve the air quality in your home and humidify it as well.

The traditional way of growing a small indoor garden is with a window sill planter. These planters have the job of housing your plants, but can also be decorative themselves. We have a variety of attractive ceramic planters on this page and you will find some instructional videos to help you get started growing your own indoor garden too.

Handpainted Ceramic Window Sill Planters

The ceramic window sill planters featured here are handpainted in Talavera style. With joyful colors, each planter is a unique creation, featuring flowers, cactus, and birds, creating a festive atmosphere.

These planters come in a variety of sizes to fit your window sill. They are approximately 4"-4 3/4" tall and 5 1/2"-6" deep. They are available in 9", 11", and 13" lengths.

They are perfect for growing cactus, herbs, and even many flowers. Vegetable gardens generally require a deeper pot however.

Place these beautiful window sill planters in your sunniest window and enjoy the view.

Getting Your Indoor Garden Started

If you're just a beginner, then you may want a few tips before starting.

  • Identify the plants you wish to grow. Which herbs do you use most often? Which flowers perform best in an indoor environment? Whatever you choose needs to be small rather than something that will rapidly outgrow the space you're able to provide. There are some links below to help you choose.
  • Assure adequate lighting. A window that receives a great deal of sunlight is needed. Some plants will grow best if you also supply a grow light or some form of additional lighting at nighttime.
  • Assure adequate water and drainage. Be sure to read literature related to the plants you will be growing, making note of their needs for not only sunlight, but water as well. Herbs for instance won't thrive if their roots are too wet. Keeping some stones or pebbles in the bottom of the planter can help assure water drains away from them. Of course, you will also want to assure your window sill planter won't leak on the ledge. A tray underneath and watering only as needed are critical to this effort.
  • If you're a beginner, you may have the best luck with plants that are already growing, rather than starting from seed. However, seeds are more economical and if you take the time to learn a few tips it should be no problem. There is a video below to help you get started.
  • If you have small children or pets, be sure that the plants you grow are safe in case they are ingested. Small children generally can't get to a window sill planter on their own, but cats certainly can.

Growing Herbs in a Window Sill

Starting a Windowsill Garden from Seed


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    • alanrammel profile image

      alanrammel 6 years ago from Whitby, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

      I'm very much a beginner and haven't had a great deal of success with seeds, however, I think this is also down to the direction my window is facing. I'm going to buy some seedlings next Spring and have a go with those. I also like the idea of growing certain veg such as tomatoes and courgettes but again not a great deal of success apart from when a neighbour gave me some courgette hybrids, they grew like wildfire. Interesting read - thanks.

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Oh my gosh...some of these window sill planters you have on here are soooooo adorable. I love the birds on flowers ones at Amazon!! Just one more thing I "need"! lol

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      Peg Cole 8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Love the idea of an indoor garden and these planters are gorgeous. Great gift ideas. Usually I start my garden seeds inside in February and move them out to my garden when it warms up. Can't wait for spring!

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      Andrea 8 years ago from Italy

      Great info mulberry. I have some of them at home and like them a lot. Sage, rosemary and basil are a must.

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      My sister has a great wide window sill that is perfect for a window garden like you are talking about. Unfortunately in my house there is nowhere to put one. I love the choices you show here though. I will have to figure out how I can use them.