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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 […]

What to Plant in Window Boxes in Full Sun - Hooks & Lattice Blog

What to Plant in Window Boxes in Full Sun

Choosing the perfect collection of plants for your window boxes can be an overwhelming decision, one made even more complicated when that window box is in a full sun location. Planting window boxes that will really pop means choosing plants that can…

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.

Go European-Chic with Wrought Iron Window Boxes and Hayrack Trough Planters

From the wrought iron window boxes of ancient France to the hayrack trough planters of traditional English cottage gardens, using planter boxes has long been a European tradition. In those days, the use was mostly utilitarian: they housed plants used for food and medicine. Now, window boxes are mostly used for home decoration, and some […]

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Refresh Your Façade with a Taste of Tuscany

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.

Wayfarer Window Box (without liner)

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.

Wayfarer Window Box (with white PVC liner)

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:

  1.   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.
  2.   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.
  3.   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!

European Window Box Cage

 

Arch Window Box Cage

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.

Call 1-800-896-0978

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Laguna Window Box - Classic Beauty | Solution-Based Technology

Window Box Design Feature: The Laguna

Now a household name, Hooks and Lattice Laguna Window Boxes were created as an elegant window gardening solution that never needs to be replaced. That’s right, this ever-popular flower box is made from a solid core PVC composite material. This material looks and feels like wood, but you don’t have to worry about it ever rotting, warping, twisting, peeling, chipping, or the myriad of issues that come with wooden planters. They’re inherently white, so there is also never the need to refinish, and they clean up easily using a damp cloth. Truly the best of both worlds: classic beauty and solution-based technology.

Three Ways to Laguna

Laguna PVC window boxes are offered in three basic designs – direct mount, cleat mount, and XL cleat mount. All are made of 5/8″ thick, solid core PVC composite and include pre-drilled drainage holes. With over a decade of window box manufacturing experience and a team of talented craftsmen, Hooks and Lattice brings you the highest quality container gardening products on the market. Read on to learn more about the three types of Laguna style boxes available:

1. Direct Mount

The most permanent and secure way to mount a window or wall planter, direct mount Laguna flower boxes install using 3/8″ diameter lag bolts and can also be used as railing planters with stainless steel brackets.

Laguna PVC Flower Boxes - Direct Mount

8 standard sizes online; custom orders accepted.

2. Cleat Mount

The fastest and easiest way to install a window box planter, our unique integrated cleat system runs the entire length of the box for maximum support. Simply affix the cleat to any flat vertical surface and attach the planter. This design is ideal for people looking for easy, instant curb appeal and those who change out planting seasonally.

Cleat Mounting System for Laguna and XL Laguna Window Boxes

8 standard sizes online; custom orders accepted.

3. XL Cleat Mount

Like the standard cleat mount Laguna, the XL Laguna flower boxes are an “easy-up” installation solution for home and business owners alike. The XL version offers a generous planting space for medium to large container plants. It measures 10.5″ deep x 10.5″ tall and is available in 24″ to 72″ standard lengths. This design adds stately architectural detail to any exterior.

Laguna XL Window Flower Boxes - Cleat Mount

8 standard sizes online; custom orders accepted.

The Laguna is just one of our many gorgeous composite window boxes online. Whether you’re looking for a planter box with detailed trim or something cleaner and more contemporary, there is a planter style for you! Not sure what size window box you need, or looking for a few pointers? Check out our Window Box Buying Guide to learn more.

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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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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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