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Adding window flower boxes to your outdoor space can instantly transform your home from boring to brilliant, sending curb appeal into the stratosphere. At Hooks & Lattice, we offer the best selection of stylish window boxes you’ll find anywhere. We’re proud to introduce our new Wayfarer wrought iron planter boxes to the collection. Like the popular European and Arch window boxes, the Wayfarer window planter draws inspiration from elegant Tuscan design. True to the style, this window box is all about wrought iron, flowing lines, and earthy elegance. And the ornate scrollwork adds a touch of whimsy. All three styles of window box can lend rustic Old World charm to your façade. To get the quintessential Tuscan feel, fill your Wayfarer planter with a combination of lavender, rosemary, and sage.
The Classic Wrought-Iron Flower Box: Upgraded
The classic wrought-iron look has been popular for ages, but when constructed in the classic way, iron outdoor accessories won’t last for ages. Our Wayfarer planters are handcrafted using heavy-duty steel. Stronger than traditional wrought iron, these durable planter cages will last for many years while still giving you that timeless look. To make them even more fit for outdoor display, we add a black powder-coat finish. These planters will withstand all seasons for years to come.
Perfect Window Flower Cages for Any Home
You don’t have to live in an Italian villa to incorporate the Wayfarer window box into your décor. This window box matches with any type of architecture. And the best part? You can customize it to get the look you want. We offer eight stunning window box liners to coordinate with your cage. Among these is our popular rot-proof white PVC liner. Or, to exemplify the Tuscan theme, you might choose one of our galvanized metal liners in bronze or real copper. From small kitchen windows to sprawling deck railings, these planter boxes come in sizes to fit any space.
Boosting Curb Appeal is as Easy as 1, 2, 3!
Creating a fresh new look for your home is so simple that any homeowner can do it. All you need to do is:
- Choose your mounting location. Don’t just restrict them to their traditional location below your windows – these versatile planter cages are ready to hang anywhere! Give new life to empty fence lines, bare walls, and uninspiring deck railings.
- Install your window box. Well designed with the average do-it-yourselfer in mind, all of our window boxes are easy to mount. They include predrilled mounting tabs for both vertical and horizontal installation. Find all the hardware you need in our online selection, or choose our convenient railing brackets for decks, patios, or porches.
- Let your garden grow! Fill the planter liner or 8” pots with soil, then add your plants or seeds. You’ll enjoy a bountiful hanging garden in no time!
For installation and planting suggestions for achieving the Tuscan look, our friendly customer service team is available via phone and online chat Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm Pacific Time.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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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 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 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.
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.
Water is not always a free-flowing resource, especially as we look for new forms of conservation and ways to limit our impact on the environment. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure you do not waste water while keeping your plants healthy. Whether you have difficulty keeping your plants watered or want to learn new ways to help the environment, the use of self-watering planters will be beneficial. Keep reading to learn more about self-watering reservoirs and how to begin conserving water to do your part for the environment this Earth Day.
How to Choose a Planter Reservoir
When choosing a planter reservoir, pick from a range of sizes to fit your existing planter or contact us for custom sizes and orders, including planter reservoirs for window boxes, planter boxes, and even hanging baskets. No matter what type of plant you want to grow, you can make any container self-watering by adding one of our quality water reservoirs.
Setting Up a Self-Watering Reservoir
In order for your planter to properly disperse water, follow our instructions for using a planter well self-watering reservoir and look over some of the sizes we have available. This is something that any homeowner can do and setting up your self-watering planter is not a complicated task. In addition to window boxes, we also have a range of options for those wanting flowerpot reservoir inserts.
If you need to utilize a hanging basket for your plants, we have you covered. We have two separate options for your hanging plants – choose from a fiberglass hanging basket insert, which is a perfect match for our coconut coir basket liners, and a hanging basket planter reservoir. Both are easy to install and simple to refill.
We also have square self-watering systems for square containers and large rounded reservoirs for larger planters. These reservoirs are installed in the same manner as the other water systems and over time you will discover that they offer a great return on investment.
Yet another solution for saving water and the time needed to refill your reservoir is the use of a rain catcher. These large water reservoirs can collect rain run-off from your downspouts, making the entire process hassle-free.
Save Time and Money
Having a planter reservoir can help you save time and money by limiting the amount of work needed to care for your plants on a regular basis and helping you conserve water. In some areas, recent droughts have led to water rationing and an increase in water utility rates. Save water in the garden and time needed to care for plants. As a bonus, conserving water is a great step towards limiting your use of natural resources and helping out the environment.
For any type of plant life, you can save water, time, and money, by using a planter reservoir. To start saving water while caring for your plant life, visit our website and take a look at our self-watering reservoirs for window boxes, planters, and hanging baskets. For custom sizes and order, feel free to contact us any time.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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!