What you can do with a window box is only limited by your imagination
(Unless, of course, you have an unlimited imagination). Window boxes
can be made of copper (tres chic!) or other metals, wood (redwood
or cedar being the most durable), or plastic. They can be simple
boxes, totally unadorned, or you can stencil them, glue on wooden
appliques, or add little pickets to give the look of a tiny fence.
A popular window box style for colonial houses is the hayrack style.
You've probably seen pictures of these attached to the windows of
European houses. Since they are open structured, things are likely
to plop right out of them unless you line them with sphagnum moss
and use pots to hold the plants. Other than hayracks, window boxes
tend to be enclosed containers.
If your window box is too beautiful to endanger, then use it as
a holder for multiple small pots of plants. But if it's sturdy and
practical, make sure you have drainage holes in the bottom and some
wire mesh to keep in the potting mix, and treat it as a miniature
The key to a really good-looking window box is proportion. A good
rule of thumb is to make them 25% of the height of a short window
and 20% the height of a tall one. Too skimpy and they'll look like
badly applied false eyelashes.
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