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Window Boxes

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 when buying window boxes:

  • 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.

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