Learn here how to plant a window flower box, like the one we built in a previous DIY video. Watch as we show a few tips for window box plantings. The first tip: simple is good. Here we go!
A few things to keep in mind in planning how to plant a window flower box
- Choose heat tolerant plants, especially if these window boxes are on the sunny side of the house.
- Use a good quality potting soil with a time release fertilizer.
- Water window boxes regularly, they will dry out faster than you think.
For this window box, we used some shade plants as this side of our house is shady most of the day. The few hours of sunlight are ok on these guys. Plus its on ground level, so its easy to water – a big plus not having to haul water upstairs.
Here's what Erin, of The Impatient Gardener, has to say about window box flower design:
The more window boxes you have, the simpler the design should be. Window boxes are great but they are, as Tim Gunn would say, “a lot of look.” If there are too many colors or textures going on, your house is going to look like the little shop of horrors. Keep your plant choices to one, maybe two or three at an absolute maximum (and then only if they relate closely to each other, such as a light pink and a dark pink petunia) and then plant every box the same. I know it's hard to pick just a few plants when there are so many great ones around, but pick one or two this year then do something totally different next year. Just don't do it all at the same time.
Erin also suggests moving away from sweet potato vines, which do appear in our flower box video.
Better than most anything I've said yet. But then Erin is more of the designer kind of person than I am. I make stuff. Like flower boxes: