Window boxes are a fantastic way to improve the aesthetic appeal of the outside of your home while still receiving the benefit indoors as well. This raises the question- what are the best plants use in your new window box? Due to the size and location of most window boxes, it is a fairly good idea to pick plants that are reasonably easy to maintain whilst still looking beautiful. Do you see yourself going for the rustic farmhouse look with quaint mounds of trailing vines? Water Hyssop and Million Bells will throw trails all the way down the the floor if you let them. As an alternative you could choose a nice Periwinkle vine as they are attractive and grow to impressive lengths.
Or maybe you envision a touch of that country cottage charm. If you want to plant annuals in your window box then get ready for a new look every year. Petunias and Impatiens are a great choice and one that many take for their full flowers and vibrant colours. Depending on your own personal tastes and preferences, you can either mix colours or stick to one across the board for very different effects.
For those of you that think replanting your window boxes every year sounds like a tremendous hassle, there is always the perennial option. A popular option would be miniature roses as they are very pretty and are offered up in a wide variety of colours. If you do choose to plant these terrific little beauties in your window boxes, make sure to leave a few inches of space between them as they need air to circulate around them (after all, the best way to fix a mould or mildew problem is to prevent it). Remember to deadhead your roses as there is good chance they will flower again.
Something else you should think about, is the amount of sunlight that your window box will receive. If it is in a position where it will receive a lot of sun, consider Blanket Flowers, Daylilies, Carnations and Aquilegias. If the position is shady then think more in the direction of Toad Lilies and Violets and in areas of semi/partial shade, go for some Tiarella, Liriope or Pulmonaria.
If you happen to be a budding cook, then it is also quite possible to grow a herb garden in your window box. It will require a little more skill and maintenance but it can also be extremely gratifying to use your own produce for cooking. For summer herbs you will need a nice spot outside or you can keep your window box inside and be treated with all those fantastic and flavoursome fragrances. And as always, don’t rule out the window sill in the kitchen as the ideal location for growing spearmint, basil and chives.
Consider our Zinc Window boxes as a more contemporary option, or if you have a balcony- our corsican pots will clip right on. All of these products are lightweight and weather resistant and we have the range to fit any situation or desire.