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Outdoor Artificial Flowers vs Silk Flowers: Know the Difference

An empty window box, outdoor planter, or hanging basket is not only a sad sight. It also detracts from your home’s curb appeal. Faux azalea flowers, shrubs and other artificial outdoor plants give you a way to keep your planters full of color all year long.

When decorating a home or commercial property, plants can help bring more life and style to any property, inside or out. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to care for live plants. But, there is an alternative – faux flowers.

Our beautifully designed, commercial quality faux flowers appear as lifelike and detailed as the real thing. Compared to the silk flowers that are commonly available at craft stores, commercial grade poly-blend artificial flowers are built to withstand the abuse of mother nature. Outdoor artificial flowers offer the perfect solution for your window boxes and planters. Read on to learn why you should use outdoor artificial flowers over cheap silk flowers. Read more

Announcing the Hooks & Lattice #WindowBoxBeauty Instagram Contest

Announcing the Hooks & Lattice #WindowBoxBeauty Instagram Contest

Announcing the Hooks & Lattice #WindowBoxBeauty Instagram Contest
Share your #WindowBoxBeauty for a Chance to Win $100

We want to see the beautiful window box gardens you’ve created, that inspire you and that make you smile. At Hooks & Lattice we know how much love and attention you put into the window boxes you create and how seeing a beautiful window box can brighten your day. So help us spread the window box love during August and September for a chance to win a $100 Hooks & Lattice prize each week. Read more

PVC Flower Boxes Create a Crisp Display for Flowers and Plants

Create a Crisp Display for Your Plants with PVC Flower Boxes

People often overlook the actual exterior of their home’s facade when landscaping. Your windows, walls, deck railings, and even your fences are prime spots for adding more decoration and color ful curb appeal to your home. With the help of PVC flower boxes and planters, you can create a truly stunning display. Discover the ease of transforming the exterior of your home with PVC flower boxes.

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Wrought Iron Faux Balcony Decor that Instantly Transforms Your Home

Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Home with Wrought Iron Faux Balconies

Are you struggling to find a way to add more beauty to the exterior of your home? Window planters and landscaping can only do so much for your yard. The addition of wrought iron faux balconies could be the solution that you have been looking for.

Find out how to use faux balconies to boost the value and curb appeal of your home. Read more

Self-Watering Reservoirs for Window Box Planters - Easy Curb Appeal - Hooks and Lattice

Self-Watering Reservoirs: Best Kept Secret in Container Gardening

Are you searching for a simple solution for keeping your plants healthy? By using self-watering planters, you do not have to worry about regular watering. You simply fill the self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and your plants take care of the rest – remaining hydrated weeks at a time, depending on weather conditions.

Thanks to this easy-to-use container irrigation setup, you no longer need a green thumb to maintain your plant life. Read on to learn how to make DIY self-watering planters for residential or commercial use.

What is a Self-Watering Reservoir?

As the name implies, self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and planters allow your plants to absorb water as needed. They are essentially plastic containers with a tube extending from the top.

You can find them in a wide selection of sizes and shapes, to accommodate any planter. This includes our 36x8x3-inch rectangular self-watering reservoir, which fits rectangular planters. For a large square planter, we have a 24x24x3-inch reservoir – along with dozens of other options, including custom reservoirs to fit your planter.

In this educational container gardening video, Claire covers how to make any window box planter self-watering in just minutes. Click to watch or shop planter box reservoirs online.

How Do You Use Self-Watering Planters?

Self-watering planters are incredibly easy to use. They also ensure that your plants do not receive too much or too little water. You just need to choose the right size. Plants will wick moisture from the surrounding 9 inches of soil, depending on the plan and planter size. So, your reservoir should be no more than 18-inches shorter than the length of your planter, again proportional relative to size.

There are just 3 steps to using your reservoir to keep your plants hydrated:

Step 1 – Arranging Your Reservoir

First, you place a thin layer of gravel along the bottom of your planter. This will help provide drainage in the event that you add too much water. Top off the gravel with an inch or two of soil. You then set your reservoir on top of the gravel and soil layers. The included fill tube 

Step 1: Place Reservoir in Any Window Box Planter

Step 2 – Adding Soil and Plants

With your reservoir in place, you can begin adding soil. As you add soil, tamp it down, while avoiding packing too firmly. Make sure that you allow the reservoir tube to extend from the surface of your soil.

Once you add soil, you can add plants as usual. You can hide the tube, but you should ensure that you can still easily pour water into it.

Step 2: After placing the planter reservoir in your container, add soil and plants.

Step 3 – Fill Your Reservoir with Water

The final step is to fill your reservoir with water. Pour water until you can see water in the tube. Through capillary action, your plants will absorb as much water as they need. You no longer have to deal with over or under-watering.

Generally, a full reservoir should keep your plants hydrated for up to 2 weeks. This makes PlanterWell reservoirs great for residential and commercial use. Conserve water and keep plants hydrated as needed while reducing maintenance time and increasing curb appeal with beautiful containers.

Step 3: After adding soil and plants, fill reservoir with water using the PVC fill tube. There is no way to over water!

You should be able to tell when the reservoir is empty by looking through the watering tube. Shining a light down the tube could help with this process. Much like you check the oil levels of your vehicle you can also use a dowel to measure water levels. You should refill your reservoir in the mornings before the plants begin to receive their sunlight for the day for best results.

Simplify Your Plant Care with Water Reservoirs

Caring for plants is not always easy. You may forget to water them regularly or you may not have the time to keep your plants watered. For this reason, many turn to the best-kept secret in container gardening – self-watering reservoirs.

If you want to simplify the way you care for your plants, then consider using self-watering planters. You can start with a self-watering reservoir DIY project or purchase any of our durable pre-made reservoirs.

You can easily add a self-watering system to any of your existing residential or commercial planters. Browse our selection of planter reservoirs to create your own self-watering garden.

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Live Life in Color with These Effortless Curb Appeal Solutions

You do not need to spend money on major renovations to begin transforming the look and function of your backyard or the exterior of your home. With the help of window baskets, decorative outdoor planters, and eco-friendly materials, you can easily begin landscaping your home. Discover some of the best, and easiest, curb appeal ideas for 2016.

Bring More Color to Your Home with Beautiful Decora Liners

When choosing outdoor planters, there is a lot of options to consider. You should start by considering the look or style that you want to create and the curb appeal ideas that you want to incorporate. If you want a bold look, then you may want to examine the many Decora style planters and liners that we have available.

Del Mar Decora Window Box

The Del Mar Decora features hand bent scrolls and delicate details.

Metal Liners that fit Decora Window Boxes:

These planters are constructed from durable wrought iron that is powder coated to protect the planter against rain and severe weather. You can choose from multiple planter liner styles when adding a Decora planter, including real copper or galvanized metal liners. These window box liners should provide years of use and allow you to choose a color and style that matches your existing decor.

Complement Your Rustic Styling with Distressed Wood Boxes

For those of you that prefer a more rustic style, we also have a selection of distressed window boxes constructed from fiberglass. These planters are designed to mimic the look and feel of real distressed or reclaimed wood. You can choose from dark hickory, cherry, and driftwood finishes. By choosing a fiberglass window box, you can enjoy years of use, without worrying about warping, decay, and damage as you would a real wood planter.

Add Plant Life to Your Porch with Hanging Flowers

In addition to window cage planters and fiberglass wood planters, you can bring plant life to your porch with the use of hanging flower baskets. There are many designs to choose from. But, our most popular options remain the English Garden hanging baskets. These baskets are constructed from flat wrought iron bars and lined with an eco-friendly coconut liner. This is the perfect choice for displaying hanging flowers.

Step 1: Choose Hanging Basket Size

Step 2: Optimize Irrigation

Step 3: Stock Up on Replacement Liners

Choosing a Location for Your Outdoor Planters

There are many ways to use planters and hanging baskets to decorate the exterior of your home. Planters can be mounted below window sills, along railings, or on your balcony. Hanging baskets can be attached below the overhang of a porch or from a tall fence post. For all of your mounting needs, we have an assortment of window box brackets, braces, and planter hangers. This allows you to choose any location along the outside of your home for displaying vibrant plant life.

Here’s to All Things Easy–Especially Curb Appeal!

These are just a few examples of easy curb appeal ideas. There are many ways to transform your home. But, outdoor planters and flower boxes offer affordability and ease. Our selection of quality hanging flower baskets and wood boxes make the perfect addition to any home. They are easy to mount along windowsills, patios, railings, or hang from your porch.

If you are ready to add more color to the exterior of your home, then browse our wide assortment of quality, durable outdoor planters and hanging baskets.

 

Easy Window Box Ideas for Boosting Curb Appeal

Easy Spring Window Box Ideas for Instant Curb Appeal

Spring has arrived, which means that it is time to get busy adding colorful floral arrangements around the exterior of your home. If you have thought about adding flowers or plants to the outside of your house, you should think about using planter boxes. They allow you to easily boost curb appeal and make your home more inviting.  

But, how do you choose the right window boxes to go with the décor of your home? Keep reading to find helpful window box ideas from Hooks and Lattice.

Fiberglass and PVC Planter Boxes

When you are looking for lightweight window box planters, you may want to consider using fiberglass or PVC planters. Fiberglass and PVC are nearly indestructible and are available in a wide range of styles and designs.

Among our most popular fiberglass window boxes are the Cleat Mount Laguna Planters. They feature clean lines that are perfect for colonial, Georgian or contemporary style homes.

Laguna Fiberglass Window Box - Distressed Pewter Finish

Laguna Fiberglass Window Box – Distressed Pewter Finish

These fiberglass designs can mimic the look of other materials, such as our Distressed Window Boxes or Bronze Fiberglass Planters. Both of these options have a rustic look that will help draw more attention to the exterior of your home.

Aluminum and Wrought Iron Window Boxes

If you are trying to dress up a brownstone or Tudor style home, you may want to take a closer look at our aluminum and wrought iron window boxes. They are also great for Victorian and Queen Anne style homes. The elegant handcrafted wrought iron has an authentic look. This captures the old world charm that is popular with a variety of home styling options.

European Iron Cage Close Up - Copper Tone Liner

European Cage: 3″ hand bent scrolls set the stage for a dramatic display.

Wrought iron options include our Arch Decora window boxes with crisscrossed bars that create a sophisticated look. For a bolder appearance, examine our European Window Box Cages. These cages are hand made from wrought iron. Arrange a series of 8-inch flower pots for a custom floral display.

Wood Window Box Planters

For those wanting a more natural look, you can use planter boxes constructed from wood. Redwood and cedar are naturally resistant to bugs, insects, and rotting. This makes them suitable for year-round outdoor use. They provide an organic, eco-friendly appearance that will look great with ranch, Pueblo, cottage, and bungalow style homes.  

Raised Panel Wood Window Box Painted White

There’s really nothing like the classic beauty of white wood window boxes!

Browse our handcrafted wood window boxes to bring more rustic charm to your home. 

Everything You Need to Transform the Exterior of Your Home

At Hooks and Lattice, we have everything that you need to give your home a makeover. In addition to window boxes, you can shop for exterior shutters or browse our great selection of faux balconies and iron accents – allowing you to instantly increase the curb appeal of your home.

Donatello Iron Window Grill Exterior Accent

Donatello Iron Window Grill Exterior Accent

Choosing the Right Hardware for Mounting Your Planters

Depending on the surface where you will mount your planter, you may need specific hardware. For installing planters along a brick exterior, purchase our 4-pack of mounting bolts. With deck railing brackets, you can install your planter along your deck, patio, or balcony railings.

Carolina Hayrack Trough Railing Planters

Carolina Hayrack Trough Railing Planters mounted using our metal brackets.

Start browsing window box designs and styles today or call 800.896.0978 to speak with a representative about custom sizing options or for help selecting the right hardware.

Easy to Use Window Planter Box Buying Guide Available!

Hopefully, these window box ideas will give you some inspiration. Keep these suggestions in mind as you begin exploring various Hooks and Lattice window box ideas. For additional tips on selecting the right window boxes, you should check out our easy Window Box Buying Guide.

There is a lot to consider when choosing window box planters. In addition to deciding between fiberglass, wrought iron, and wood planter boxes, you will need to consider the size of the planter and installation options. All of these details are explored in the Hooks and Lattice Window Box Buying Guide. Just follow the link provided for even more useful window box tips and ideas for choosing the perfect one for you.

If you would like to find additional styling ideas, please call 800.896.0978 to speak with a design expert today.

Make Your 2016 Garden the Best Yet with Hooks and Lattice Window Boxes, Planters and Hanging Baskets

White Window Boxes – A Clean Slate for the New Year

When winter is at its coldest and grayest, you can find yourself looking at your house and giving a wistful sigh as you think about how you’d love to do something to spruce it up. Sadly, you have to wait for spring to arrive to get to work on improving your home’s curb appeal, right?

Wrong!

While some improvements should be held off until spring has fully sprung, you can take steps to enhance the appearance of your exterior before winter is done. White window boxes are a great way to add to a home’s curb appeal mid-winter. Read on to learn more about adding a flower box during the cold months of the year and to discover some stylish, easy winter window box ideas.

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Boosting Curb Appeal with Colorful Artificial Flowers Year Round

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You truly can’t compete with the boost to curb appeal that flowers bring, but with living flowers those aesthetic benefits are brief. Flowers bloom for such a short period of time, and in many parts of the country, you’ll only manage to get one or perhaps two chances to enjoy the full beauty of the color of blossoms before cold weather sets in.

On top of the fleeting quality of living plants, there is all of the effort related to care and maintenance to be considered. Living flowering plants require watering and in some cases fertilizing and pruning to keep looking their best. For many businesses and homeowners that brief pop of color that flowers provide just doesn’t justify the time and money spent caring for living flowers. That’s why more and more people are considering outdoor artificial flowers for displaying outside of their homes, hotels, restaurants, office buildings, shopping malls and other buildings.

Fake Flowers: the Outdoor Difference

artificial geraniumsIf you haven’t ever encountered commercial quality artificial plants before, you might be hesitant to even consider using fake flowers outside of your home or commercial building. After all, we’ve all seen fake silk and plastic flowers that look cheap and that fall apart if they’re simply touched the wrong way. It’s hard to imagine placing anything like that outside at the mercy of the elements or expecting those poorly made fake flowers to do much for the aesthetic appeal of an exterior.

These problems illustrate why it’s important to purchase commercial-grade outdoor artificial flowers for best results. These types of artificial plants are:

Highly Realistic. The latest artificial flowering plants can’t easily be distinguished from the real thing unless they’re touched.

Ultra Strong. Materials like industrial grade injection molded polyethylene make commercial grade artificial plants durable enough to remain outdoors in all types of weather, through every season.

Fade Resistant. Inherent UV protection helps to keep commercial grade fake flowers from fading in the sun. The sun protection is actually embedded in the fibers rather than being sprayed on or applied to the surface of the artificial plants, so it can’t rub off or become washed away.

artificial hanging flowersTypes of Outdoor Artificial Flowers

There are a number of options available for sprucing up your exterior with outdoor artificial flowers, including:

Faux Flowering Vines. Sold unpotted, artificial hanging flowers can be used to cover walls, ledges, railings and more.

Hanging Baskets. Available in many different styles and colors, hanging baskets with artificial flowers are ideal for dressing up posts, poles, entryways, porches, patios, courtyards and other outdoor areas.

Bushes and Individual Stems. You can purchase artificial flowering plants in large clusters that resemble bushes and as individual stems. Place just one in a small planter of your choosing or make a large arrangement by combining several varieties of outdoor artificial flowers into one pot or planter.

Artificial Plants Unlimited can help you boost the curb appeal of your home or business year round with the finest quality commercial grade artificial plants available. Browse our selection and discover all of the beautiful fake flower options to bring color to your exterior that won’t fade, wilt or ever require watering.

Faux Balconies - Add Romance to Your Curb Appeal

Romeo, Oh Romeo, Where Art Thou Juliet Balconies?

Named after the famous scenes in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, these faux balconies come in an assortment of styles and designs. Easily installed along the exterior of your home or commercial property, these unique wrought iron balconies provide an affordable method of transforming your property and adding to its curb appeal.

 

 

What is a Faux Balcony?

For those that are not familiar with the concept of a faux balcony, they are essentially a decorative balcony that can be added to the exterior of a window. There are fairly easy to install and do not require major construction. Typically made from wrought iron, faux balconies often feature elegant lines and scrollwork. They look great along the exterior of any home and can be used to add more character to a bland window.

Faux Balcony

Choosing a Juliette Balcony

As with any addition to the exterior of your home, you should make your selection carefully and put some thought into the balcony you choose. Each wrought iron Juliet balcony that we carry is available in a variety of colors and sizes. For example, our Addison Juliet Balcony can be purchased in black, white copper, bronze, silver, or textured bronze. This particular balcony fits closely against the window and a subtle addition that can easily blend in with the exterior appearance of your property. For a more striking appearance, the Brantford Juliet Balcony should be considered. It features highly detailed scrollwork throughout the entire design. The Brantford Juliet Balcony will definitely draw attention to your home and features the same color options as the Addison balcony. If you are looking for a design that is more in the middle, the classical look of our Cassia Juliet Balcony could be what you are looking for. The simple lines and elegant curves along the bottom of this wrought iron Juliet balcony offer a more traditional look and resembles what most people probably imagine when they picture a Juliet balcony.

Dorchester Juliet Faux Balcony

All of our faux balconies are powder coated to resist rusting and they can also be custom-made to fit a specific window size. Choose a finish and color that matches the overall look you are trying to achieve along the exterior of your home. We have provided a range of colors to choose from for the finish of your faux balcony. Find the size that you need or consider ordering a custom made faux balcony.

Custom Faux Balconies

In addition to the large selection of wrought iron Juliet balconies that you can browse on our website, we also offer custom faux balcony design. We can custom make a balcony to meet your needs and design aesthetics. All of our balconies started as custom faux balcony designs, to get your custom design started, browse our selection here or email us a picture of a balcony and we can show you how we can create a custom design to fit any window or location along the exterior of your property.

Dorchester Juliet Faux Balcony

A wrought iron Juliet balcony can be both affordable and easy to install outside a window. After taking a look at our selection of Juliet balconies, choose a custom balcony that matches the aesthetics of your property.