A well placed window can be very rewarding in terms of letting in daylight and providing a great view of beautiful scenery. But even if your home does not feature views of breathtaking landscapes, lush lawns, or neat flower gardens, you can still add colour and life right outside your windows by adding flower boxes.
Window boxes provide a great solution for adding flair to the exterior of any house and enhancing the view from inside, as you are met with a burst of colour every time you approach your windows.
Window boxes come in a range of sizes depending on the dimensions of a particular window installation. With proper planning, your flower box can give you colour and fragrance for most of the year, until the first freeze in fall. There are many annual plants that bloom in spring and summer, or even throughout the winter and peak in spring.
In colours of green, blue, purple, red, white, or pink, and heights of 6 to 24 inches, flowers always add colour and beauty to the environment. The evergreen ones can stay in place year round without the need to swap them out. But you can also consider a more creative selection comprising an edible arrangement with vegetables, herbs, fruits, or a mixture of these plants. Here are some of the best plants to grow in your window box.
Plants that prefer the sun include:
Plants that prefer shade or part shade include:
Take variety and growth habit into consideration
An exciting window box should include flowers of different colours, sizes, and textures, but the same growth requirements. For instance, you can mix short and medium plants with taller ones, and bushy plants with upright ones. But you cannot mix shade- and moisture-loving plants with heat and sun-tolerant varieties because they have different tolerances and watering needs.
But more importantly, choose plants with flower colours that complement your window installation and the colour of your house, and get the bloom timing right to maximize the effect. For instance, a well timed strawberry plant can add beauty, fragrance, and provide good snacking.