Window Box Ideas For All Seasons
Great Ideas For Window Boxes
Window boxes are a great way to add flowers to an area that would otherwise be flowerless. They add a great pop of color to a dull drab window and they make a pretty window even prettier.
We have a window box outside our kitchen window. In the morning, I love to rest my elbows on the windowsill and stay absolutely still. If I wait 5 minutes or so, a hummingbird will come along and I get to see a hummingbird close up. It makes my whole day.
Read on and view on. I am going to show you pictures of some great flower box ideas.
I believe this is a variety of coral colored fuschia - A nice simple window box
Window boxes can fit into any design and style home you might have. It's a question of choosing the correct one for your house style and the look you want to achieve.
Here a simple white flower box was used that blends in with the railing. A few simple plants were used that compliment the colors of the house in the background.
Do you agree that this coral color plant is a fuschia plant?
Hmmm, Maybe seenamary is correct
Here's a picture of a begonia from Morgue.file's archives.
Image: Begonia MorgueFile Free Photo
An All Green Window Box
Here a combination of mostly green and white plants break up the plain exterior of building. Still, it's a conservative planting. The only subtle color addition is the purple variety of coral bells in the middle.
This might be something to consider if you are going for a stately look in front of your house. It's a great option if you have a wide variety of plantings and flowers in this same area and want to tone it down. With this arrangement, there would be no clashing colors.
The following are all window boxes in front of stores. They are extremely bright and busy. Their purpose is to draw people's attention.
You might not want something this busy for your house. Yet, while they might look over the top for the front of the house, any of these color combinations might add a touch of whimsy to a window in back of the house near a deck or patio.
A Nice Bright Combination of Flowers
This is an unusual mix of flowers and plants. An example of putting one of each different colorful plant. There is an orange gerbera daisy plant right next to some curly leaf parsley; but it works. After the parsley, there is a clump of Serengeti upright (violet + white) nemesia. A yellow gerbera daily is followed by calibrachoa superbells in cherry red. Behind them are some purple dome asters.
I am not sure what the tall plant to the right side of the photo is -- to me it looks like someone planted an avocado pit.
Ornamental Pepper Plants in Two Colors - Bonus -- These are edible
All of the above planters are in Planting Zone 6, in Wickford Village, Rhode Island.
The pictures were taken in early November.
Super Colorful Assortment
This window box has a background of geraniums; some true red and some just a little darker. In front of them there are mixed marigolds and purple and red verbena.
This window box is in planting zone 4 (in Saranac Lake, NY ) and the picture was taken in August.
An example of only two colors of flowers - Purple and Yellow
This is our summer window box. I wrote about it at length in Best Flowers For A Super Sunny Window Box
I stick to only a few colors as we colorful day lilies plant among our foundation shrubs. They bloom in the summer at the same time as the window box blooms. I don't want my yard to look as if a pinata exploded, but I do want something to break up our plain white house.
Although there are only two colors involved here, I used different plants in those colors to add interest and texture, they are: Lemon Symphony (Osteospermum hydrid); Angelface - Wedgwood Blue: Golddust (Mecardonia hybrid);Lavender Petunias and Blue Zephyr - (Brachyscome hybrid) .
Our Window Box in Fall - Pansies and Ornamental Kale
In the fall, all my other flowers in the front of the house are out of bloom, so I can go crazy with color. From this picture, it doesn't look as if I went crazy, just a little different.
Often we see pansies as the first flowers of spring. In Victorian times, pansies were a fall flower. They are extremely hardy in the autumn as well early spring. Many nurseries, now carry pansies in the fall. This arrangement with the pansies actually stood up well until the second week in September in Connecticut (Planting Zone 6)
Our Winter Window Box
We have a metal window box holder which stays affixed to the house year round. Inside I place a plastic liner, which I remove in winter and store away so it doesn't crack in the cold of winter.
To make this arrangement, I simply used yard trimmings of evergreens. I transplanted the ornamental kale from the plastic liner to a clay pot and put it in the middle. Directions on how to do this are in my article DIY Christmas Décor"
Notice how the kale bloomed out and changed color from the above fall window box. It's a lucky happenstance as it makes the color pop against the evergreens.
© 2012 Ellen Gregory