Looking for a way to liven up your windows this summer? Window boxes are a great way to mix things up and add some color to your home in the summertime. All it takes are a few plants and decorative items and you can completely transform a window for a few months – or longer, depending on the type of plants you choose.
Ornamental cabbage are a great choice if you want something leafy to fill a space that won’t overpower their surroundings. They have broad leaves and come in a variety of colors, like whites, greens, purples, and pinks. They are hardy plants and easy to maintain, and they look great in a window planter!
Another leafy plant you might like is coleus. They’re more of a late-summer variety, and they can last long into the following season. They also come in a variety of colors, like white, green, red, and purple. They’re great for adding some color to your planter and filling in spaces.
Verbena is an excellent choice if you’d like something flowery, low-maintenance, and long-lasting. They come in a variety of hues and are great for filling empty space. Their bright, beautiful colors make them stand out in a planter, and they’ll spill out over the edges when taken care of properly.
Zinnias and dahlias both make a bold statement due to their large, impressive blooms and bright colors. They’re both long lasting, and dahlias will last through late fall for most people. Zinnias might not last as long in northern parts of the US, but both will be great for several months and give you a big boost of color when added to your planter.
Something To Eat
Make your planter multipurpose by planting something you can eat! Sage makes for a great addition to any summer planter. Not only are they a great filler to place alongside other plants, they make for an excellent deer deterrent. Best of all, you can use sage as an herb in your cooking for a long time – it’s a hardy herb that will last a long time.
Another herb you can plant is rosemary. Rosemary will be fairly tall when full grown, so make sure you have the vertical space for it in your planter. Rosemary smells amazing, and since it’s an evergreen it will last well into fall or even early winter. Because of this, you’ll be able to use it when preparing meals well into the future.
Something Else Altogether
Don’t forget that you can add things to a planter that aren’t plants at all! Consider adding things like birch logs, fairy garden pieces, pinwheels, and other decorations to your planter. Decorative items can spruce up any planter and can be swapped out easily to spruce things up during different seasons.