There comes a time when a garden needs a jolt of novelty or a finishing touch to bring it together. One way to do this is to add window boxes to your home. These details fuse indoors and out and make the house and garden whole. I have them adorning the facade of my home, where they add charm to the Cape Cod–style architecture. One of my favorite aspects of gardening beneath the windowsills is that I can see the colorful plants from inside my house. I’ve even gone so far as to tie the colors of the plants into the color schemes of my rooms.
But why stop at the front of your home? Window boxes are also ideal for the side and back of the house as well as deck rails, walls, balustrades, and broad, wide steps. I think “flower boxes” is a more appropriate name for these versatile containers because they aren’t just for windows. I use flower boxes to dress up a solitary window at the back of my house. I also use them on the railings of my deck to add to the color and variety of my other containers without taking up valuable floor space.
Wherever your flower boxes are located, you won’t truly enjoy them unless they look good. The concepts of container design apply here, too: a mix of plants that are tall, bulky, or cascading. Here are four strategies to help you get the most from your boxes.