If you already own a window box, make sure it’s in good shape before decorating it for fall. The most beautiful arrangement can only do so much if your window box needs repaired or replaced.
Need a new box? You can either DIY one yourself, buy a kit or purchase a complete box.
Window boxes come in a variety of styles and materials, such as wood, plastic, resin, and wood frames lined with coco fibers. Research the different types of window box materials to find the one that is right for you.
When picking your box, do the following:
- ⬥ Measure your windows
- ⬥ Ensure the box has drainage holes
Once you’ve chosen a window box, place a liner inside it to simplify changing your display each season
Create a Focal Point
Beginners and garden pros alike can benefit from creating symmetrical arrangements in their autumn window boxes. However, if you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s nothing wrong with finding unique plants and arranging them asymmetrically.
Begin by placing two or three of your largest plants in the window box. As you arrange your plants, stop from time to time and check how it appears from the front, moving your focal plants until you find the best orientation for them.
Use plants with vibrant colors and textures
After your focal plants are in place, you need a few smaller plants to fill in around them. Plants like ornamental peppers, ornamental grasses, and hardier herbs like lavender can work well. Even colorful perennials would work.
Place your plants close together to make the arrangement look fuller. Don’t worry about crowding them, as they’ll only be in your window box for a short time. In addition, you can angle the plants forward to display their colors even more clearly from the front of the box.
Add a few small, colorful gourds and mini pumpkins to finish off your arrangement. If there is a space between plants, just pop them in there.
Fill in the gaps and add water
As soon as you have all of your plants in the window box, fill in any gaps with potting soil. Ensure that you’ve covered all of the plants’ roots.
Then water the plants about once a week for the rest of the season, so that the soil and plants settle together. You can tell if you need to water by sticking your finger about two inches into the soil.
If the soil is dry, it’s time to water.
During the transition from fall to winter, simply lift up the plastic liners of your window box or remove the plants individually if there is no liner.
You can plant any perennials you used in your window box right in your garden if the ground isn’t frozen yet. For the holidays, dispose of annuals and plant fresh evergreens, conifers, and holly berries in your window box.
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