Window boxes for growing plants can add great
beauty to existing architecture. They may
be the only means available to some gardeners.
Despite their limited space, spectacular
effects can be achieved, providing pleasure
from both inside and outside. Window boxes
come in all sizes and are usually made from
materials such as wood, metal, fiberglass
and plastic. Designs range from very formal
to extremely rustic. |
The following should be considered
- Measure the length of the window.
- Consider the durability of the material the
box is made from and what kind
of care it
needs. Will it need painting
every few years?
Can it stay outside all year?
- Make sure the box can be securely fastened
to the window sill. A very heavy box can
sit on a deep sill if it does not overhang
at all, but most boxes are fastened below
the window. Remember that a box filled with
wet soil and plants can be quite heavy. It
is safest to install brackets to the wall
and let the box sit on these.
- Make sure the box has holes in the bottom
for adequate water drainage.
Remember that wood and metal boxes will last
longer if plants are actually planted in
slightly smaller plastic containers that
are dropped into them. Window boxes can be
changed every season. Winter displays of
evergreens, twigs and berries are very effective.