How to Match Window Boxes to Your Home’s Architectural Style

Whether you have bought, rent, or built the home of your dreams, you know the ins and outs of its architecture – where the sunshine hits just right, where the shade spots are, and a sliver of your true gardening potential. This is where window box planters come in – and not just any window boxes, but the best window boxes for the architectural style of your home.

The best way to choose a classic flower box depends upon the architecture of your home. Sometimes it is best to see an example on someone else’s home that is similar to yours, that has a window box, for you to truly fall in love with a particular window box and what it could do for your home’s exterior décor.

The following flower boxes have been selected to explain the many ways that a window box could spruce up your home’s exterior.

Cedar Window Boxes for Cottage and Log Homes

When you think of mountains and open fields, you probably conjure a home that could be on Little House on the Prairie. While this mental image would have been accurate a few decades ago, nowadays cabins and log homes have been made modern, retaining the old-fashioned feel of nature, while reveling the contemporary appliances and modern marvels of today’s world.

Window boxes fall somewhere in between cedar window boxes and are the best window boxes for these types of homes because they give your cottage, cabin, or log house a further rustic look. With rustic architecture, wrought iron window boxes also add an elegance touch. With wrought iron window boxes, you can add a liner or place individual 8″ pots inside to create an even more rustic feel to your curb appeal.

Framed Two Panel Cedar Window Box Painted White

Copper Window Boxes for Contemporary Homes

There are dozens of copper flower boxes to choose from, but the best window boxes in this category are those that go perfectly with the contemporary feel of a modern, suburban home. You probably have all the amenities, perhaps a big porch, and plenty of neighbors, so your curb appeal matters.

These copper window boxes are stain, decay, and deterioration resistant, meaning they will last longer, keeping your impromptu garden of beautiful flowers looking lovely. Plus, you can opt for steel arches for the exterior, accentuating the copper lining of each window box planter.

Del Mar Heights Copper Window Boxes look great on contemporary homes and commercial buildings.

Most Flower Boxes are Versatile

Sure, the aforementioned flower box options mention contemporary, cottage, cabin, and log homes, but your house or apartment might not fall into any of those categories. Lucky for you, window box planters are versatile.

The Modern Farmhouse window boxes look great on all types of homes and all kinds of siding.

Usually, people pick the home exterior décor that suits their personalities. They also pick the accessories and amenities to go into and outside of their homes based on their personal interests and likes. The same is true for window box planters. You can simply choose one that you think suits you best and go from there. It would likely be a match, considering your surroundings are already based on your unique likes and dislikes.

Shop all of our versatile window boxes at HooksandLattice.com. If you fell in love with a certain window box but need it in a different size, give us a call at 800-896-0978, we would love to make you a custom window box!

Cedar combination exterior shutters can bring elegant curb appeal to any home.

How to Enhance Home Decor Elegance with Exterior Shutters

Boasting some of the most beautiful exterior shutters on the market, we here at Hooks and Lattice are devoted to elegance and beauty in the name of home decor. We believe every home, apartment, and business could use a little sprucing up, especially to boost custom curb appeal. Our array of window shutters vary in size, shape, and color – and we can customize those aspects to suit your decor needs and specifications.

If you have only just begun thinking about exterior shutters to enhance the elegance of your home decor, we have some helpful advice on shutter types, as well as how to measure & install shutters, to get you started.

Choosing the Right Shutter Colors

The right composite window shutters can make or break the curb appeal of your home, apartment, of business. Take for example a small office building incorporated within an old-fashioned, yet beautiful, Colonial home. The home could be lovely shades of blue and white with tinges of dark brown, representative of a timeless look. When pondering exterior shutters for this type of place, you would want to match the colors of the exterior home decor to the shutters. Tackiness can be the death of curb appeal.

Traditional louvered exterior shutters bring life to this home.

Black louvered exterior shutters bring life to this home’s classic brick exterior. Source

To choose the perfect shades and colors of your composite window shutters, you have to really examine your home – getting up close to pinpoint and pick out both bold and subtle hues in your decor. After that, choosing and matching up colorful, or neutral, exterior shutters should be a breeze.

How to Install Exterior Shutters

Hooks and Lattice shutters come with guarantees of ease. We believe the best house shutters are those that require very little time to install, but provide years, perhaps even decades, of beautiful decor elegance.

We offer two options for installation of your window shutters – decorative mount or operable use. Each pair of shutters includes the hardware required to mount them, as well as instructions on how to secure the pairs into place.

Architectural Louvered Fiberglass Shutters with Matching Window Boxes

For example, for fixed shutters, you would hold the shutter in place while drilling into your window frame. Hook the hardware into the drilled holes, and voila! You have a perfectly mounted pair of decorative shutters to accentuate your home and add instant elegance to your exterior decor.

Hooks & Lattice Shutters – For the Win!

We take pride in saying, and being able to back up the fact, that our exterior window shutters in all their colors and shutter styles are the best. You simply cannot find the quality, care, and customization in big box stores. Add to the fact that we offer advice on upkeep, as well as guarantees, and you can see why our exterior shutters have been ranked at the tip top when it comes to home improvement.

Bring elegance to your home decor with a pair of house shutters from our slew of high-quality house enhancements!

Use our Exterior Shutter Buying Guide to help you choose the best shutters for your home or business.

Elegant Faux Balconies for Summer Home Makeovers

Summer is fast-approaching, which means some of the hottest days of the year – the perfect time for gardening, basking in the sunshine, and renovating your home with summertime accents. Give your house, apartment, or business a brand new look without appearing to try too hard, using faux balconies and iron window grilles.

Juliet Faux Balconies

Have you ever gazed up at a building to see a beautiful balcony – only to realize later that it actually wasn’t a balcony at all? Juliet faux balconies add custom curb appeal without the hassle of a real balcony: no architects drawings, no various approvals, and no changing the structure of your home. A wrought iron balcony begins with, you guessed it, wrought iron, which has been handcrafted into swirling loops, hoops, and beautiful twirls. This gives your home an instant dose of elegance that you never knew you were living without until you have it right in front of you.

The faux balcony curves slightly outward, creating the illusion of a real balconette beneath your windows. In turn, this furthers the illusion that your windows are actually beautiful French doors, waiting for you to burst open and greet the sunrise with a smile on your face and a cup of coffee in your hand.

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Iron Window Accents

When a balcony railing is a little too far off from what you imagine your summer home makeover to be, stick with iron window accents. Constructed from wrought iron railings, our accentuations fit conveniently, perfectly, and beautifully over small windows. These look best with antiquated home decor, like a house or apartment with the exterior texture and appearance of burnt umber or terra cotta.

Each rod iron railing of these iron window accents is handcrafted, curved and straightened into strong decorations that add pizazz and custom curb appeal to your exterior home decor.

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Spruce up a Home for Sale

Many of our Juliet balconies and iron window accents are purchased by the everyday homeowner or apartment tenant, but we encourage everyone to accentuate a beautiful house, apartment, or business for summer. Contractors and property managers are likely to have a little more success selling their houses and buildings when those properties look their best.

Window Accents & Balconies Galore

We at Hooks and Lattice offer a variety of faux Juliet balconies and iron window accents for your perusal. There is truly something here for everyone, and you are encouraged to absolutely take your time and look around for the perfect accent that will make your exterior decor POP. All of the faux balconies and iron rod railings from our collections are custom-made and can be modified to meet the precise needs of your home.

Start now to ready your home for summer!

This elegant Victorian lantern casts a warm glow and complements any space.

Creating Unique Arrangements with Terrariums & Lanterns

Everyone has a few empty spaces in their home that are just calling out for their perfect finishing touch to bring polish to the room. Artificial and living arrangements displayed in lanterns and terrariums are unique solutions to the riddle of “What could go there?” Here are some ideas to get you inspired filling up those empty spaces with the beauty of plants growing or arranged in eye-catching containers:

 

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  1. For the Walls. Everyone’s got them–those small spots on the walls that are noticeably empty but not large enough for a piece of art or a framed photo. Small wall-mounted terrariums and lanterns can fit into those spaces with ease, and there are many different types available. You can purchase terrarium kits with colorful flower seeds included like the Wall Cone Terrarium with Plants that give red, pink, white and purple flowers for no-fuss arranging. If you prefer silks to living plants, you can also choose something like the Valencia Hanging Wall Lantern and Hook Set and fill the globe with fake succulents, flowers or herbs instead of a candle.[/one_half][one_half_last]
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  1. For Overhead Space. High ceilings make a room feel spacious and open, but they can pose some interior design challenges. In areas where furniture has a low profile, the wide open space can seem a little too empty. Installing a hanging lantern like the Antiqued Gold Gazebo Hanging Lantern filled with an arrangement of artificial flowers or faux greenery will beautifully fill the space without adding any extra maintenance to your home.[/one_half][one_half_last]
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    Antiqued Gold Gazebo Hanging Lantern makes a great accent lantern for outdoor living areas.

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  1. For the Corner. Is that one corner in the living room’s emptiness painfully obvious? A freestanding terrarium can transform that spot into a stunning indoor garden. An elegant design like the 58″ Tall Freestanding Wardian Terrarium Case will bring sophistication to the decor of the room where you entertain guests, and as an added bonus, you can be sure it will become a conversation piece. Everyone will want to get up close and marvel at your lovely garden.

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  1. For the Dining Table. Purchasing a fresh flower arrangement every time you invite guests over to dine can get expensive and be a hassle. Forgo the bouquets and perishable candle centerpieces and instead display a group of terrarium candles like our Hammered Hurricane Terrariums. Fill the bottoms with realistic artificial plants that complement your decor, and you’ll have a stunning centerpiece that will stand the test of time. You can even change out the plants to match the season or holiday or to complement the look of the dinnerware you’re using for every occasion.[/one_half]

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Hammered Hurricane Terrarium can be easily personalized for the seasons with the use of different materials in the bottom.

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Small English Style Terrarium is perfect for summer tabletop centerpieces.

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Not only are these lantern and terrarium ideas the perfect way to fill up those empty spots in your home, but they’re also great for Mom’s house. Check out the selection of lanterns and terrariums at Hooks & Lattice to find the perfect pieces to spruce up your decor and get your Mother’s Day shopping managed at the same time.

How do you like to arrange and decorate your terrariums? Share your wisdom in the comments below.

Shop our full collection of terrariums and other home and garden accents HERE.

Custom Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Introducing the Newest Edition:

The Modern Farmhouse Window Box

This isn’t your traditional window box, and just by looking at it you’d never know it wasn’t wood! Our modern farmhouse window box, which is actually sturdy fiberglass, will upgrade your home’s curb appeal without the upkeep of a traditional wooden window box.

Start your home’s curb appeal improvement project with a modern taken on cottage charm.

Because these window boxes are made from strong fiberglass, they will not rot, warp, or change color like standard wood window boxes do over time. They also weigh less than traditional window boxes so you can be sure that, with proper installation, they won’t cause any problems.

With its easy cleat mounting system, it is also incredibly versatile with four mounting options; home exteriors, decks, fences, and railings. If you’re looking to make your curb appeal more consistent by adding window boxes to the second story, we have a surprise for you, these window boxes are also completely finished on the bottom. Mounting these window boxes on a rail is no problem either, the back of the box is painted the main color of the box, as shown in the picture below.

Modern Farmhouse Window Box Cleat Mounting System

Modern Farmhouse Window Box with Cleat Mounting System

Each window box has pre-fabricated drainage holes on the bottom so you won’t have to worry about over watering and the water spilling all over your home’s exterior. You can even make these a self-watering window box planters with an optional planter reservoir to ensure your plants and flowers are watered adequately with minimal effort.

Custom Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Custom Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Normally, we can’t custom make fiberglass window boxes, but we’ve made an exception for these beauties!

Give us a call at 1-800-896-0978 with your needed dimensions and our estimates team will draw you up your very own modern farmhouse window box!

Artificial Window Box Flowers - 2 Geranium Bushes to fill a 24" Window Box

Window Box Flowers: The Perfect Recipe

Nothing adds charm and beauty to a home quite like flower window boxes. From their delightful designs to bright colors, window boxes can add a beautiful pop of color to the interior or exterior of a home. But a common problem for people creating container gardens is choosing the flowers to plant. Instead of wondering if there are enough flowers to fill the window box or if the colors and styles are cohesive, our flower arrangements come in pre-made “recipes” to give you the exact amount of what you need to create a beautiful flower arrangement without stressing over the details. Even better, our flowers are artificial so they are easy to maintain for a bright look in every season. Made of the finest materials in the  highest quality, our DIY window box flowers make it easy to turn your home into a garden oasis. Here are three popular styles you can achieve with artificial floral arrangement recipes:

 

Ferns and Ivy

Create a flower box full of lush greenery and bright pops of color with our arrangements of buckler ferns and ivy. Our fern and ivy fronds are modeled after real varieties and have the details, shape, and texture of live plants to create a visually interesting mix. The mostly monochromatic nature of these arrangements make them a great accent to a modern home or a home with natural elements such as wood or stone details. Our 42″ fern and ivy mix adds brilliantly colored bromeliads for a unique exotic touch. And with high quality UV protection, the color won’t fade overtime, guaranteeing your ferns will be green and your flowers bright for years to come.

 

Artificial Window Box Flowers - Buckler Fern, Bromeliads, and English Ivy in a 42" Window Box

Artificial Window Box Flowers – Buckler Fern, 4 Bromeliads, and 3 English Ivy to Fill a 42″ Window Box

Bougainvillea

Add depth and length to your window box with our selection of faux bougainvillea vines. Our plants are full of leaves and flowers to give your window box a full, lush look that is lifelike and beautiful. This 30″ recipe features three vines for a complete look. Bougainvillea plants have unique textures and long vines, making them an interesting addition to a whimsical window box. Available in six colors ranging from red to lavender, our bougainvillea plants are made of fade-resistant materials to keep your flowers bright even if you don’t have a green thumb.

 

Artificial Window Box Flowers - 3 Bougainvillea Vines to Fill a 30" Window Box

Artificial Window Box Flowers – 3 Bougainvillea Vines to Fill a 30″ Window Box

Geraniums

A window box classic, geraniums are a great addition to window boxes for more traditional style homes. Available in pink, red, or white flowers, our faux geranium recipes can add a charming detail to any interior or exterior window box. To create an even more lifelike look, our geranium plants come with a mixture of leaves, flower clusters, and flower buds. This 24″ geranium recipe is full of the perfect amount of elements to fill your window box in a complete and professional way. With UV-resistant material, these geraniums will add cheerful details to your home year round.

 

Artificial Window Box Flowers - 2 Geranium Bushes to fill a 24" Window Box

Artificial Window Box Flowers – 2 Geranium Bushes to Fill a 24″ Window Box

Shhhh – The Neighbors Will Never Know they’re Fake!

Once you have arranged your artificial flower recipes to your liking, don’t say a word. Simply sit back and wait for the compliments to start rolling in. Our commercial-quality outdoor artificial plants and flowers are so realistic most people can’t even tell they’re faux – even just a few feet away! Shop window box recipes online or call 1-800-896-0978 to work with a floral designer on custom and/or seasonal arrangements.

 

Medallion Window Box or Liner

Introducing an exclusive

Hooks & Lattice product:

The Medallion Window Box or Liner!

Window boxes are getting more popular by the day and for good reason! They are the perfect solution for adding a sufficient amount of curb appeal to your home with minimal effort. What makes this window box so unique from the rest is that it is made of the highest quality rolled rimed PVC to bring it great stability so it can be hung and used multiple ways.

This is the Medallion plastic window box/liner. This versatile window box isn’t the typical plastic “window box” you can buy at the local hardware store.  Made from one of the most durable plastic, this PVC flower box is strong enough to be a window box liner as well as a standalone window box. And with the strength of PVC you also will get its resistance to fading so you can trust the color will be the same this summer and summers to come! The Medallion window box or liner also features a removable drainage tray so you don’t have to worry about water overflowing. Below are just a couple of the many ways you can incorporate this lovely window box into your homes’ decor.

 

Install it by itself directly to a wall, under a window, or on a rail

Hang the Medallion window box on its own for a more simplistic look.

Hang the Medallion window box on its own for a more simplistic look.

 

Use as a window box liner inside a decora style window cage

Put multiple Medallion window boxes in a window cage to make an interchangeable curb appeal solution.

Put multiple Medallion window boxes in a window cage to make an interchangeable curb appeal solution.

Install it on a wall as a flower window box

With brackets, you can put your Medallion window box almost anywhere!

With brackets, you can put your Medallion window box almost anywhere!

Use it as a deck rail window box with simple deck rail brackets

Medallion window box on a porch rail brings beautiful curb appeal to this home.

Transform a window box into a deck rail window box and add beautiful summer flowers!

 

Line the perimeter of your patio or balcony

Use the Medallion Window Box on your balcony wall.

Use the Medallion Window Box on your balcony wall. Shop here!

The Medallion window box is the perfect container gardening solution for the curb appeal enthusiast or gardener on a budget. If your one of the many that either rent or have little to no outdoor space, this multi-functional window box is the perfect fit for you!

Shop the Medallion Window Boxes and all it’s hanging brackets HERE

The Prestige vinyl planter is a classic style that works with any home.

Curb Appeal in 5 Easy Steps

When selling your home, nothing can make or break a deal faster than curb appeal. Good curb appeal can draw in potential buyers and increase your property value, but poor curb appeal can drive people away and keep your house on the market longer. Sell your house faster with these five simple curb appeal ideas to turn your home from fab to drab!

Decorative iron accents transform ordinary doors into extraordinary doors.

Decorative iron accents transform ordinary doors into extraordinary doors.

Hardware & Knockers

Spice up your entryway and create something unique and extraordinary with iron door accessories, like handles and knockers. Our selection of iron door hardware can turn even the simplest front or garage door into a work of art that is truly unique and matches the architecture of the rest of the home. Use them on standard garage doors to create carriage garage doors. With more than 25 styles, there is the perfect piece to match your home. A classic option is this pull handle, which is sure to make your door look more substantial and expensive – a definite draw to buyers.

The Prestige vinyl planter is a classic style that works with any home.

The Prestige vinyl planter is a classic style that works with any home.

 Outdoor Planters

Nothing improves curb appeal faster than adding beautiful plants and flowers. Keep things contained and classy in curbside planters. These planters can be used to flank the entryway, line the driveway, or accentuate other details of the house. Even better, the planters are self-watering, meaning you don’t have to add plant maintenance to your already long to-do list. Planters can be filled with flowers and plants that match the style of your home and thrive in your climate. For a classic look that will appeal to every buyer, opt for this classic white square planter that will make the plants pop and carries a hefty warranty.

Literally give your curb appeal and make it stand out from the rest with a Presidential mailbox.

Literally give your curb appeal and make it stand out from the rest with a Presidential mailbox.

Custom Mailboxes

Turn those bills and advertisements into something stylish with a functional and decorative mailbox and mailbox post system. Quality mailboxes add chic sophistication to a front yard and are easy to install and maintain. Our durable mailboxes come in styles to match every home, like this beautiful presidential mail post that will make your home stand out on the block for all the right reasons.

Handmade cedar shutters are a classic architectural detail that will make any passerby do a double take.

Handmade cedar shutters are a classic architectural detail that will make any passerby do a double take.

Exterior Shutters

If windows are the eyes of the home, then shutters are the eye makeup. Handmade cedar shutters add a unique architectural detail to the front of your home and fill in space to create a full and attractive easy curb appeal. In the world of modern home styling, shutters can add an unexpected charming detail to impress potential buyers. Our cedar wood shutters are beautiful on their own or painted to match the color scheme of your home.

A faux balcony adds unique curb appeal to otherwise boring windows.

A faux balcony adds unique curb appeal to otherwise boring windows.

Juliet Balconies

Give your home a dash of old world charm with a faux balcony, like this iron Juliet balcony. Faux balconies don’t affect the structural details of the home, but they are easy to install and can instantly give your home a face lift with an unexpected and whimsical detail. Faux balconies are also a great way to give your home a larger scale and unite the interior and exterior for a more expensive feel that buyers are sure to love.
Now that you’re ready to take on the real estate market fully informed on how you can add instant curb appeal to your home, hop on over to www.HooksandLattice.com to shop. Have curb appeal ideas of your own? Contribute yours in the comments below to give other homeowners like yourself a helping hand!

Medallion Decora Railing Boxes with Terra Cotta liners.

Take Your Balcony to the Next Level with a Decora Window Box

Medallion Decora Railing Boxes with Terra Cotta liners.

Medallion Decora Railing Boxes with Terra Cotta liners. Photo: Julia Henriques

Del Mar Railing Flowerpot Holder for 8" Diameter Pots

Del Mar Railing Flowerpot Holder

Balcony gardens are some of the most unique and inspiring green refuges – but has your deck reached its full potential? You can make your deck stand out easily just by adding a few stylish planter boxes to your railings.

Right now, your herb garden looks alright. Your cilantro and basil are healthy and growing. Your lavender is in full bloom, but still, you feel like your garden lacks steam. A railing planter box could be the zest your balcony needs. HooksandLattice.com offers many decorative window boxes that can help spice up your yard and bring your deck to life.

Picking the Right Style for You

Deck rail brackets attach to the back of the cage easily.

Deck rail brackets attach to the back of the cage easily.

  • The Arch Decora Metal window box can add a sleek, modern look to your balcony. The design of this box is achieved with a wrought iron cage and a black galvanized metal liner inside. Add a splash of color to this box with some bright, vibrant plants and your balcony garden is sure to look amazing.
  • For a more refined, elegant look, you could add the Medallion Decora box to your railing. This box features an iron cage design with a medallion at the center, and a window box liner on the inside to really make the look of the cage pop.
  • The Real Copper Lined Del Mar box would give your container garden a lovely antique appearance when the patina process that occurs on certain types of copper takes over. The copper will appear weathered and old fashioned, helping you achieve a nice vintage look.
  • Consider adding the Del Mar Flower Pot Holder to your deck railings for a more simplified look, or to complement your railing planter boxes. This flower pot holder is eight inches in size and looks great paired with a brightly colored flower pot, like these painted Terra Cotta flower pots sold at HooksandLattice.com.

Hanging Your Containers
Each of these containers can be added to your garden without any damage occurring to your railings. HooksandLattice.com offers several choices of affordable deck rail brackets for use with Decora boxes, but these brackets can turn any container in stock into the perfect railing box. For wooden deck rails, you can choose rail brackets from sizes 2″ x 4″, 2″ x 6″, and 2″ x 8″ to hang your decorative container. A steel rail bracket is the best choice for wrought iron and metal railings.  The beauty of hanging a container from your railing instead of simply underneath a window is that you can use an industrial strength zip tie for added security to your railing. These inconspicuous cable ties are a must have for your container garden.

If these designs appeal to your eye but just don’t complete the idea you had in mind for your deck railing, you can always contact HooksandLattice.com for a custom-made window box planter just for you. Browse through the Decora Window Box section of HooksandLattice.com to find the best railing planters that will bring your deck to life!

Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

2015’s Top 6 Gardening Resolutions and Trends

It’s that time of year again, the time for making resolutions. Whether your resolutions are to get to the gym more, go to sleep earlier, or save more money, we’ve complied a couple resolutions that will still fall in line with the classic ones and a couple that that will be trending in the New Year.

Here are 2015’s Top 6 Gardening Resolutions & Trends:

  1. Get outside more. Take a walk around your building at lunch, walk around the block with your family after dinner, or do a little spring prep in the garden to ensure for a prosperous garden come springtime. Try container gardening if you’re in a region of the country where it’s just too cold to be outside right now. Window boxes with a cleat hanging system make perfect containers for small space gardening. Plant whatever your heart desires (keep in mind the small space), keep the box inside until it’s warmer outside, and then hang it below your window once it’s warm enough outside. Click Here to find out When and How to Start Seeds Indoors.
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Do-it-yourself seed starting in eggshells! Image from Hew and Sew.

  1. Use new gardening tools. If you’re an avid gardener or you’re just starting out, gardening tools are you best friends. Start off the New Year with new gardening tools. They’ll be all clean and shiny and you’ll want to get in the garden and yard ASAP to break them in. This is also a great time of year to order your garden trellises so they’re ready to use when you buy plants in the Spring.
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  1. Improve your home’s curb appeal. This is a biggie. You’re lucky if this can be accomplished in one afternoon, but for the rest of you, this will be an ongoing but incredibly rewarding project! All it takes is some motivation (like seeing a gorgeous house on Pinterest), dedication, and a plan. You can improve your home’s curb appeal by simply mowing the grass, trimming the grass along the sidewalk, and pruning bushes and trees. But if you really want to differentiate your home from all the other houses on the block, think about installing exterior window shutters, window boxes, or flanking your front door with planters with tall topiaries. Click Here to meet Sage, she’s our curb appeal expert. Follow us on YouTube and we’ll let you know when she has her next curb appeal tips video!

  1. Try new plants. This may seem daunting as you are probably very comfortable in your current flower/plant situation. But isn’t that was the New Year is all about, trying something different? Add a more colorful arrangement of flowers to your planters, mix it up with different heights and densities of plants, and plant some veggies that you’d like to cook up later to go along with the next resolution.
"A Cheerful Hello" - WindowBoxContest.com Entry

“A Cheerful Hello” – WindowBoxContest.com Entry

  1. Eat healthier. This one can be a little difficult for those of you that work from sun up to sun down but there are small and also very affordable ways you can make small changes that will make a huge difference later. You can grow your own herbs in your kitchen. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love fresh basil and mint? With container gardening, you can even grow mushrooms, tomatoes, and micro greens right on your countertop. Click Here to view seed starters and tabletop grow boxes.
This should spice things up!

This should spice things up!

  1. Save more money. Isn’t this something everyone strives for in the New Year? You can accomplish this multiple ways this year. Save money on your water bill by using planter reservoirs in your pots and hanging baskets so you never need to worry about over or under watering your plants. You can also save money on your water bill by planting drought-tolerant plants that naturally require less water. Dramatically reduce your grocery expenses by growing your own herbs, veggies, tomatoes, and lettuce. You can even plan ahead and start growing your own lemon tree for delicious citrus in the coming years! Click Here to view planter reservoirs.
    Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

    Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

    You can shop all of these great gardening solutions at www.HooksandLattice.com, or simply pick up the phone and call us for guidance: 1-800-896-0978.