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How to Keep Hanging Baskets from Drying Out

“Why do my hanging baskets die?” This is a common question, and yet the answer in most cases is surprisingly simple: they are not getting enough, or a consistent amount of, water. Because the plants and flowers that are planted in hanging baskets have little room to grow, and the small amount of soil included […]

How to Prep Your House for Airbnb Guests

New to Airbnb hosting? We’ll help you prepare your home for Airbnb with this list of tips on how to make your property a haven that your guests will remember. Some of the items on these lists are “must-haves,” while others fall under the “it would be nice to offer.” But one thing is for […]

Hard-to-Kill Plants for Your Fiberglass Flower Boxes

As a self-proclaimed “brown thumb gardener” (somewhere between green and black), I am always looking for low-maintenance gardening tips and tricks to make my greenery look—and stay looking—great with little care. That is why I’ve compiled this list of plants and flowers that are as hardy as they are pretty, and perfect for fiberglass flower boxes.

Greet Spring with Bright White, Easy-to-Install PVC Window Boxes!

Nothing says spring like clean, white window flower boxes overflowing with vibrant flora and fauna. Close your eyes and picture your home brought to life with bright flowers of the filler, spiller, and thriller varieties. Whether you’re sprucing up a new home or energizing the one you’ve lived in for years, window boxes are an inexpensive yet dramatic way to add instant color and beauty to your home’s exterior. And our PVC window boxes, which are made from a solid-core cellular PVC composite material, are durable and long-lasting under any condition.

Add color and dimension to your home’s exterior with our white PVC window boxes, like in this photo from @beechdesigngroup

Spring-White Window Box Styles, from Traditional to Contemporary

Country chic or modern and sleek? Whatever your overall design scheme, we have the window boxes that will work with it. Choose from several varieties, including the elegant Laguna window box, the streamlined Newport window box, or the modern Tapered Urban Chic window box. All of these chic styles come in a crisp, clean white design that looks (but doesn’t rot!) like painted wood. On top of that, any of these lovely window planter boxes can be further customized to fit your window!

This lovely outside view from @kimhopkins inspires new spring window box recipes

Installs in Minutes, Meaning More Time to Enjoy the Springtime Sun!

Want to be able to install the window boxes yourself, and easily take them down when you’re ready to plant new blooms? The “Easy Up” Cleat Mounting System we offer for our PVC flower boxes lets you install them in minutes and do it as a one-person job! Just affix the cleat onto your home siding under your window, or on any flat vertical surface, and then attach the planter. Easy peasy! Plus, who wants to wobble around trying to hang an unwieldy window box when there are garden parties and spring festivities to enjoy now that the days are longer and warmer!

Easy cleat mounting system makes hanging this PVC window box a one-person job

Spring Showers? No Rot, No Worries! (And They’re Bug-Proof Too!)

Spring showers bring May flowers but also wood rot and insect infestation for many window boxes. But our PVC window boxes are made with a water- and insect-resistant composite material, making them rot-proof, mildew free, and completely bug-proof! Not only that, but they won’t crack or dent no matter how long you’ve had them or how much soil, plant, and water weight they hold.

Get “spring-spiration” from our Window Box Inspiration Board! Browse photos from garden lovers like yourself, and get plenty of new window box decorating ideas!

Paint To Match Your Home and Make Your Spring Flowers Pop!

Keep your PVC window boxes bright white or paint them to match or complement your home’s exterior shutters, siding, or trim. Our durable PVC window boxes dry quickly when painted, and have that same, smooth finish as the original planter box design, but in the hue of your choice.

Shop several styles of our PVC window boxes at HooksandLattice.com or call us at 800-896-0978 to place your order.  

 

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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How To Care for Hanging Baskets

How to Care for Blossoming Hanging Baskets Year-Round

Considered a staple for moms and gardeners, hanging baskets have become to go-to for on-the-go flower-lovers who want to add a little color and curb appeal to their interior and exterior home décor. There are hundreds of hanging planters that you can purchase at major depots, but for gardeners, the real fun can be transplanting their own flowers into thriving hanging baskets of their own creation.

In this article, we will offer you tips on how to care for and maintain your selection of hanging flower baskets, as well as information about different liners and helpful self-watering reservoirs.

The Perfect Hanging Basket for You

When perusing hanging baskets, you will find that there is an abundance of unique hanging flower planters to choose from. There are ones with French wire scrolling, ones that have been handcrafted from beautiful bronze or gold Greek brackets, ones that have been molded from hard moss…and hundreds of other options.

Moss hanging basket

 

The trickiest part will be finding the perfect one for you – one that matches the personality of your home, and yourself, while giving you the opportunity to build a flourishing, gorgeous bunch of your favorite flowers. Our advice? Go with what you love at first sight. This is one of those follow your heart moments that will come in handy because your first instinct is to pick the hanging flower planter that you will cherish the most.

Finding a Liner that Works Best

As many hanging baskets as there are, there are almost twice as many hanging basket liner options. We prefer the all-natural route of coconut coir liners, made from an organic concoction of coconut fibers and tree sap.

Coco liners in hanging baskets

Coconut coir liners are strong, yet fibrous, allowing roots from your flowers to grow deep, providing the best circulation of air to nourish and nurture your plants. They are accommodating to a variety of hanging flower planter sizes and shapes, and each liner retains moisture for days after regular watering.

Self-Watering Reservoirs for Hanging Basket Maintenance

Hanging basket maintenance is more than just finding the perfect coconut coir liner, or snagging the best hanging flower basket, a self-watering reservoir could make all the difference.

Self-watering reservoir in a hanging basket

For on-the-go gardeners, self-watering reservoirs will keep your soil moist when you don’t have the time to nourish your hanging basket plants. You simply fill up the fill tubes with water and leave it be for a few days. A 6-inch single self-watering reservoir can maintain an 18-inch hanging flower basket for up to 3 days at a time.

Caring for the blossoms that are blooming in hanging flower baskets requires time. Not as much as gardening vegetables, mind you, but there is definitely an art to growing beautiful flowers in mid-air.

 

 

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!

Faux Bracket Placement Guide for Window Boxes

With their crisp lines and beautiful plants and flowers, window boxes are a great addition to any interior or exterior window. But the finishing touch to creating a show-stopping piece is something small – a faux bracket or decorate corbel. Our window planter boxes are so sturdy and easy to install that they don’t need visible brackets supporting them from underneath. However, faux brackets can add a great detail to a window box and provide the perfect finishing touch.

No-Rot, Everlasting Beauty

Our faux brackets come in a variety of styles to match our many window box options. Faux brackets for our PVC window boxes are made of resilient weather resistant materiel and are designed to not rot or mildew while providing you a lifetime of beautiful flower boxes that look like real wood. Check out our selection of composite flower boxes and brackets to find the perfect style for your home.

Fake brackets for direct mount window boxes can be painted to coordinate with the flowers or color scheme of your home. If your PVC flower boxes fall into the XL category (these boxes have an XL before the name, such as XL Premier Hampton or XL Premier Laguna), the classic XL faux bracket is the right size and style for you. All other types of PVC window boxes work well with the standard faux bracket. No matter the size, the traditional shape of these brackets make them a subtle but stylish accent to complete your look.

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3 Faux Brackets Looks Great on Windows with 2 Panes

How many brackets do I need?

Once you have determined the style of your window box brackets, you need to purchase the correct amount. Faux brackets are sold individually, so you can purchase as many as you desire.

In general, we recommend:

  • 2 brackets for 24″ to 48″ window boxes
  • 3 brackets for 60″ window boxes
  • 4 brackets for the 72″ window boxes

When using multiple brackets, measure in from the sides so that the brackets are spaced evenly to create a cohesive and uniform look. Installing the brackets is a simple process – after measuring and lightly marking where each bracket will go, use a PVC adhesive to attach brackets to the bottom of the window box and allow to dry. The window boxes can them be hung easily using normal installation instructions.

 

Faux brackets are a simple detail that can make a big impact on the overall look of your window boxes. It doesn’t take much time or effort to put together a flawless and complete look! For more information about decorative brackets for window boxes, go to Hooks & Lattice and check out our Brackets section.

White window boxes set the stage for begonias, violets and euphorbias.

The Votes Are In! The Winners of the 2014 Window Box Contest Are…

You’ve waited all year to find out who the winners of the Window Box Contest for 2014 are and we have them for you! After much deliberating and deciding who should be granted the best window boxes in America, we’ve finally come to a decision. Check out the winners below, then formulate your 2015 photo contest takeover.

1st Place for Window Box on a Rail: Coming to Life: A Deck’s Transformation by Janet Sheehan

The transformation from the beginning of the season to the height of the season is just miraculous! Janet did a wonderful job making her grey patio into something that is just as beautiful as the forest behind her patio fence. Putting six flower window boxes on top of the rail creates a living wall, if you will, of falling vines and blossoming flowers once fully grown. Great job!

Jan's scalloped wood window boxes make a big impact on her deck.

Jan’s scalloped wood window boxes make a big impact on her deck.

1st Place for Window Box on a Wall: Presidential Window Box Splendor by Kevin & Annette Klingel

We must say that this has to be one of the most well thought-out home improvement projects that we’ve had the pleasure to witness. Kevin and Annette updated their entire home from top to bottom and not forgetting about the middle, added ten black window boxes to their home, garage, and shed. Using black Presidential style window boxes that match their newly painted shutters and updated roof, they contrast perfectly against the light exterior of their home for a complete transformation.

The Klingels black window boxes and matching shutters are a curb appeal knockout!

The Klingels black window boxes and matching shutters are a curb appeal knockout!

1st Place for Most Creative Window Box: Winter Decor in Boxes on Garage Wall by Cathy Litrofsky

Cathy did a fantastic job getting creative with her living wall planters! Filling a vertical wall planter, which once had succulents in it for summer, she used winter evergreens for a festive holiday look and placed these three light blue planters on a large wall of her garage that doesn’t have a window, so she improvised and made her own accent living window.  Just as a window or piece of art, these vertical wall planters bring life to what was once a boring wall.

Show Winter who's boss -  Add evergreens and pine cones for a festive display.

Show Winter who’s boss – Add evergreens and pine cones for a festive display.

The People’s Choice Award: Summer on Flora St. by Julie DeMarco LaPorta

These window box planters were definitely a favorite among everyone. With large blossoms of Violets, Begonias, and Diamond Frost Euphorbias, these window boxes are definitely the center of attention on Julie’s street which just so happens to be Flora St. As that may be a coincidence, it is not by coincidence that these window boxes won the People’s Choice as these window boxes were without a doubt, the most plentiful and beautiful.

White window boxes set the stage for begonias, violets and euphorbias.

White window boxes set the stage for begonias, violets and euphorbias.

Now that you’ve seen just how beautiful the best window boxes in America can be, it’s time to make a plan for 2015. Even if it’s cold outside, you can get started now on a window garden that can win you awesome prizes, gift cards, and special promotions from Hooks & Lattice. This year’s winners have already started their shopping sprees, entering is easy.

Here’s what to do:

  • Grab an empty planter, or shop window boxes online to select your container
  • Take a break from Facebook and plan your plantings prior to delivery
  • After the thaw, insert plantings and snap a few photos
  • You can upload your entries to the site. Click Here to go to the 2015 Window Box Contest

After you entered and your post is featured, the more you share and tell your friends the more likely you are to win. This contest doesn’t just reward amazingly beautiful window boxes – it rewards gardening socialites! So enter away or simply contact us with questions or for assistance choosing the best window box planter for you.

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Metal Window Boxes on Bavarian Style House

Planting Spring Flowers for Wonderful Window Boxes

With spring right around the corner, it’s time to look past the dreary days of winter and towards the colorful days of spring flower gardens. Spring is a great time to grow a variety of plants, especially in window boxes. Instead of worrying about plants being eaten by roaming animals or destroyed by fierce storms, you can keep them close and secure and enjoy them right outside your window. Window boxes are a fantastic way to spruce up your curb appeal and add a garden oasis in a small space. No matter your climate or style, here are some window box ideas.

The general rule of thumb for planting a window box is to have plants at all different heights. Start with taller “thriller” plants in the back, them plant mid-sized “fillers” in the middle and hanging or low “spillers” in the front for a complete look. Search for flowers that fit these categories for a stunning flower box planter.

Metal Window Boxes on Bavarian Style House

Arch Cage Wrought Iron Window Boxes on Bavarian Style House

Cool Climates

Before deciding what flowers to plant, look up your area’s U.S. Department of Agriculture zone number. These numbers correspond with different plants to make sure you get plants that will survive and thrive in your climate. For cooler areas with zones 1-5, stick with hardy plants like pansies, primroses, and violas as your mid-size “fillers”. Crocuses are hardy flowers with beautiful purple flowers that make a great filler addition to a window box. Add height to your window box with grape hyacinth or sweet pea and use spiller plants like alyssum to hang over the window box. A sturdier window box like this lined option will keep your plants warm and safe.

Warmer Climates

Gardeners in warmer climates tend to have a few more options when it comes to spring window box flowers. Classic flowers like daffodils and snapdragons make great tall thrillers, while bright dwarf irises, petunias, and verbena work well for the mid-level fillers. Anemones have stunning white flowers and do best in mild to warmer climates for an unexpected burst of white. Use spillers like creeping phlox for a burst of color or dusty miller or sweet potato vine for a more neutral color scheme. Look for a window box that accentuates the colors of your spring flowers and the style of your home, such as this wrought iron cage or other stylish metal window planter options. Window boxes look great in every style of home or garden.

What are you planting this year? Leave your ideas in the comments below!