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Spring Window Box Ideas - Planting for Beginners


If you love flowers, you probably like to fill your house with all types of plants ranging from local to exotic, flowers to fruit plants, and potted plants to vines. The window box is the perfect way to enhance your curb appeal and put your passion of planting on full display for everyone to see and enjoy and spring is the best season to do it. You’ll need to consider your space wisely coming up with a great window box recipe that shows well for your home but also consider the required maintenance to make sure keeping up with your window box fits into your schedule. I love to mix in a variety with all my window box combinations. Having some tall plants, some hanging vines, and some rich flowers tends to create a beautiful balance display.   

The Classics They say if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. Well there are some classic window box flowers that are proven winners that you just can’t go wrong with picking them.     

  1. Red Geraniums. These gorgeous flowers grow to look like      large, over sized roses spilling out of your window box. They grow very well in potted situations      and can rebound quickly if they are ever under watered. I’ve always felt this is a great flower      for beginners to start with because of its durability, ease, fullness,      color, and beauty.
  2. Sweet potato vines. This is a true winner for window      boxes. A window box is the perfect      place to plant vines. They can truly      hang and trail perfectly outstretched for the most beautiful look. The sweet potato vine is super easy to      plant and easily maintained with minimal watering for the novice and busy      homeowner.
  3. Coleus plant. The coleus plant is an amazing plant for      window boxes. It grows up and in      place and usually has a deep purple and red look that contrasts      beautifully with the color green. By growing tall it helps create a beautiful display when planted in      the back of the box allowing both the front flowers and hanging vines to      show and making the box look full while allowing you to show off      variety. It is also easy to keep up      with.
  4. Purple Sage. This little guy is great for window      boxes. It takes up very little      space and can be sprinkled around the box in various places, though      usually the back row works best. It      grow tall and very skinny as individual purple towers which help round out      almost any window box recipe. I      still haven’t found a window box with purple sage that I didn’t like.


Other Great Spring Flower Ideas 

  1. Petunias. This flower can grow quite      exponentially in a window box almost to the point of disbelief. Impatiens can easily consume it’s      container overflowing to the point where the box cannot be seen. If sheer flower quantity and fullness is      your goal then look no further than this one. Throw in some plant food and this flower      will just keep on growing.
  2. Impatiens. These little guys don’t know how to      die. I have accidentally gone a      couple weeks without watering them before and was amazed to see that they      look like they never missed a beat. Since this flower comes in various colors, you can completely fill      a window box with just petunias and get a great mix of colors in your box      with less maintenance and more forgiving upkeep if you go out of town or      travel a lot in the spring.
  3. Pink Astra (Balloon Flowers). I must admit that there is something      very cool about star shaped flowers in a window box. These guys show well from a distance and      if you’re looking for a combination with fewer flowers, then this exotic      flower can be a good choice.
  4. Spike. The spike plant also called Dracaena, is a very common addition to many window boxes.  It helps add height and I often use it in place of Coleus.  It's also very easy to care for.


My Not-So-Favorites 

1. Lilies. I once put Japanese lilies in my window boxes and for a couple weeks it was the most beautiful box display I had ever created. However, Japanese lilies do not do well if watered with plant food, or perhaps the do a little too well! They can quickly flourish too soon and die and more flowers typically don’t return in their place. This will leave your window box with a short life span and having to replant more flowers in their place to get you through the season. 

2. Herbs. Actually, planting herbs in a window box can be great if you are an avid gardener. Although many people love to garden from their window boxes, I say to save these for your window boxes on your back deck and use the front of your home for curb appeal where you can get maximum color and texture with flowers. The inner landscaper in me tends to look for richness of color and variety and curb appeal for window boxes on the front of a house so I tend to go more for flowers and vines.   

Choosing the right recipe for your flower window boxes so that it matches your window can add beauty to your house as a whole and can even add to your homes value. If you’re a beginner I suggest starting with the classics. They are proven winners that will result in a smooth run for your first season and build a lot of confidence without breaking the wallet.   

About the Author   Matthew Buquoi is the owner of FlowerWindowBoxes, an online retailer of high quality, no rot PVC window boxes. He has worked for over a decade in the window box industry with novices and professionals to complete their projects.    

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