A window boxes can make all the difference to a home. What was just another house in the road will immediately stand out after a window box has been installed. Basically a window box is just another type of container that is placed on a windowsill, but there are some extra considerations which are described below. This article by Lauren Dunec Hoang which I found on the Houzz website includes tips on design, planting and care for these special planters.
Filling a window box with bright flowers and gorgeous foliage plants is one of the quickest ways to give your home a fresh look for the season. If you’re new to window planters, or looking for a refresher on the topic, read on to learn how to choose the best plants for your window box, how to prep your window box, and how to pot up and care for it going forward.How to Choose the Best Plants for Your Window Box
1. Know your light exposure. Before you jump into the fun part — picking out the plants for your window box — take a good look at how much sunlight the window box receives. This will dictate which plants will thrive in the spot.Take a look at the window box multiple times a day. Does it receive morning sun (partial sun, partial shade) or afternoon sun (partial sun, partial shade but often hotter than morning sun) or four to six hours of sun (full sun) or very little sun (full shade) all day? Choose your plants at the nursery accordingly.If you’re mounting a new window box, where you choose to put it may also be determined by how much light that spot receives and what you’d like to grow. Window boxes in full sun and partial sun will present more growing options for colorful annuals, perennials and succulents than those placed in partial to full shade.
This window box grows in full sun and contains red million bells (Calibrachoa sp.), purpletop vervain (Verbena bonariensis), rose campion (Lychnis coronaria) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).
2. Choose the right plants for your climate. As with choosing plants for any other area in your garden, select varieties that make sense for your climate. Check the plant labels at the nursery, and choose plants that like the same light and moisture conditions to use together.