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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!

Shown: Galvanized Metal Window Box/Liner with a custom artificial arrangement.

Give the Gift of Guaranteed Curb Appeal

Feeling that last minute holiday push? Time to break out the Hooks and Lattice Gift Cards for office parties, family gatherings and Christmas morning stocking stuffers. Online garden shopping sprees make the best gifts for mom, dad, a friend or neighbor. Anyone on your list known for always having a DIY project on tap! They’ll just love picking out their own home and garden goodies.

Shown: Galvanized Metal Window Box/Liner with a custom artificial arrangement.

Shown: Galvanized Metal Window Box/Liner with a custom artificial arrangement.

Holiday Gift Shopping to Fit Any Budget

Are you after the best gifts for dads, grandparents, siblings, friends and gift trades within a particular price range? Hooks and Lattice Gift Certificates hit any dollar requirement right on the nose. Even cater to those window boxes you know mom’s been dying to buy, but don’t trust yourself to pick out. Before shopping our e-gift cards online, here are a few ideas at different price points to help you choose the right amount:

Stocking Stuffers and Gifts Under $25

It may not seem like a whole lot, but a $25 Hooks and Lattice Gift Certificate has plenty to offer DIY tinkerers and small space dwellers. Even a little something for the kids.

Terrariums are all the rage right now for DIY-savvy home and office decorators.
For those shopping in the $25 and under range, there’s this set of 3 Rhapsody Ceramic Terrariums, as well as individual glass bubbles and teardrop terrariums. Great for sprucing up houses, apartments and even cubicles with modern plant decor.

Glass Terrarium Planters - Ceiling, wall mount and tabletop

Glass Terrarium Planters – Shop ceiling mount, wall mount and tabletop designs.

Fork & Spade Decorative Garden Stakes are a fun opportunity for growers at any level.
Stick them in planting containers or nestle into the ground, then enjoy filling terra cotta pots with small flowers, moss or herbs. Great for giving kids their own small space garden to tend.

Garden Gifts Under $50         

A $50 Garden Gift Certificate proves a nice round number for Secret Santa trades, bosses and neighbors. And at this slightly higher dollar amount, there’s plenty of charming choices in store.

Like easy, stylish DIY Living Wall Planters.
This square iron frame features nine individual planting cells spread across three rows. Great for first-timers and experienced vertical gardeners alike. This rectangular design with a moisture mat also comes in at under $50 and offers its own distinctive layout.

And elegant moss obelisks.
This set of three spiraling obelisks makes the ultimate year-round decoration, but one can also imagine them glowing in the light of bright Christmas bulbs. Joy to shopping with Hooks and Lattice E-Gift Cards!

Big Ticket Curb Appeal

Have some surplus bucks to spend on the extra-special gardeners in your life? The best gifts for mom and dad, brother and sister, or grandparents just might be a little help jump-starting those home improvement projects they’ve had on the shelf.

Shown: Arch Decora Window Box with Liner, Terracotta Sprouting Kit and Amaryllis Grow Box

Shown: Arch Decora Window Box with Liner, Terracotta Sprouting Kit and Amaryllis Grow Box

Window boxes to bring wintertime cheer.
Noticed your sister’s been pinning a ton of container garden arrangements on her Pinterest board lately? Take the not-so-subtle hint and surprise her with a $100 Garden Supply Gift Card to go toward the project! Many of our composite, fiberglass, wrought iron and aluminum window box styles fall within this price range, depending on size and quantity.

Exterior window shutters, galore!
Put them on their way to curb appeal renewal with a $250 Home and Garden Gift Card to go toward decorative window shutters. This generous dollar amount will provide a good head start on all of our most popular vinyl shutter styles including board-n-batten, louvered, raised panel and combination patterns.

Check out more holiday gift card ideas for Christmas 2014 – visit us at http://www.HooksAndLattice.com! We’re also on Facebook and Pinterest.

Don't let this be you this holiday season - plan ahead with a little help from Hooks & Lattice.

Jumpstart Holiday Shopping with Garden Gifts!

Don't let this be you this holiday season - plan ahead with a little help from Hooks & Lattice.

Don’t get down this holiday season – just plan ahead with a little help from Hooks & Lattice.

Put a fine point on holiday gift shopping this year with the help of Hooks and Lattice. If you have family and friends who love a good curb appeal project, you’ve come to the right place. Our customers often find that Christmas gift ideas for mom can just as easily work for dad. And a “green” offering is sure to up your popularity in that Secret Santa trade at work. So, without further ado, here’s the first of our Holiday Shopping Guides for 2014!

Fun & easy to assemble, this all-in-one DIY terrarium kit makes a great gift!

Fun & easy to assemble, this all-in-one DIY terrarium kit makes a great gift!

Small Gifts & “Stocking” Stuffers

Need a little something for a group gift trade, a new friend or stocking stuffing? Here’s a couple of holiday shopping ideas you can get behind – all priced reasonably at under $40.

  • Terrarium Kits

We love this round bubble terrarium that comes complete with a sand pack, decorative seashell and Agentea air plant. Priced at less than $25 before shipping and a real party-pleaser. No garden-knowhow necessary. Enjoyable for most any age!

  • DIY Garden Gift Basket

Any container gardener can use replacement liners for the upcoming season. So, why not use a coconut liner as a makeshift gift basket? Maybe even hang it in place of a loved one’s stocking this season! Start with one like this 12″ molded coco coir liner priced at under $10, and then fill it up. Any of our seed starting kits would make a great stuffer.

Holiday Gifts from $50-$100

If you’re budgeting a bit more for close family and friends, try out some of these items. We’ve got helpful Christmas gift ideas for her special spring project, or décor to spruce up the wintertime garden.

  • Radiant Redwood Flower Boxes
This elegant Victorian lantern casts a warm glow and complements any space.

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

Our Pasadena Planter Box is simply exquisite with five size choices available at under $100. If the green thumb in your life has been dropping hints about a spring container gardening project, the Pasadena will get them off on the right foot. To make it really special, fill the box with garden tools, supplies and seeds. And for an organic-inspired finish that cuts down on wrapping paper waste, simply tie a colored raffia bow around the outside of the flower box.

  • Elegant Table Lanterns

Transform any tabletop, indoor or outdoor, with a gorgeous decorative lantern. We really like this Victoria-inspired style with its classic lines and impressive height. Plus, it can be utilized inside or outside, so your gift recipient can display it right away, no matter the climate. Great for holiday party centerpieces as well as general, year-round home décor. Check out our other table lantern styles here.

Take Christmas Shopping Online

Still want to browse? Don’t stop at these holiday gift suggestions! Hooks and Lattice has plenty more to offer. Please visit us throughout November and December and check out our online gift guide for even more fun, garden-inspired giving ideas! Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned throughout this 2014 holiday season.

Welcome guests with the fresh look and SMELL of balsam pine boughs.

Fresh Ways to Use Christmas Wreaths

Welcome guests with the fresh look and SMELL of balsam pine boughs.

Welcome guests with the fresh look and SMELL of balsam pine boughs.

Fresh Ways to Use Christmas Wreaths

Smells have a way of evoking feelings and memories from long ago.  For me, the smell of cut pine will forever make me think of carefully crafting Christmas wreaths with my father in our back yard.  While I no longer make my own holiday wreaths thanks to time constraints and lack of easy access to materials, I enjoy the flood of memories that comes whenever I get a strong whiff of evergreen.

Fresh Christmas wreaths have been used for centuries to celebrate the season.  Traditionally hung on the front door to welcome guests from next door or across the county, creative homeowners have been coming up with some interesting Christmas decorating ideas using this age old symbol of the season. 

Where to hang your Christmas Wreaths

While a wreath hung on the front door will never go out of style, there is no reason to stop there.  With a little imagination, a wreath can be turned into a multi-purpose Christmas decoration.

In a window

Many holiday wreaths are hand crafted works of art, to beautiful to keep to yourself.  If you are looking to share your Christmas spirit with the whole neighborhood but don’t want to subject your wreaths to the elements, try hanging wreaths inside your home in street facing windows.  If you like the idea of a wreath hanging in your window but want to enjoy it yourself, just hang your wreath inside the curtains.

Over your table

A big part of Christmas celebrations is the family meal.  The memories made when gathered around the table with close friends and family really is the reason for the season.  Help bring the spirit of the season to the dining room by hanging a wreath horizontally above the dinner table like a holiday chandelier.  Any meal eaten under a wreath is bound to be filled with joy and holiday spirit.

 

Above your bed

Around the holiday season, sleep can become pretty rare.  Between visits with rarely seen relatives, late night and early morning shopping trips, and the always-enjoyable gift wrapping sessions, sleep deprivation can set in early around Christmas.  When you do get the chance lay your head down, wouldn’t it be nice to drift off with memories of Christmases past floating through mind?  Hanging a wreath above your headboard is a great way to remind yourself why you love the season each night before bed.

This year when you decorate for Christmas, remember that wreathes are not just for the front door, spread the joy around your home with these Christmas decorating ideas. For the highest quality fresh Christmas wreaths visit HooksandLattice.com. Handcrafted fresh Christmas wreaths shipped express to doorsteps around the country and guarateed.