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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Whether you have bought, rent, or built the home of your dreams, you know the ins and outs of its architecture – where the sunshine hits just right, where the shade spots are, and a sliver of your true gardening potential. This is where window box planters come in – and not just any window boxes, but the best window boxes for the architectural style of your home.
The best way to choose a classic flower box depends upon the architecture of your home. Sometimes it is best to see an example on someone else’s home that is similar to yours, that has a window box, for you to truly fall in love with a particular window box and what it could do for your home’s exterior décor.
The following flower boxes have been selected to explain the many ways that a window box could spruce up your home’s exterior.
Cedar Window Boxes for Cottage and Log Homes
When you think of mountains and open fields, you probably conjure a home that could be on Little House on the Prairie. While this mental image would have been accurate a few decades ago, nowadays cabins and log homes have been made modern, retaining the old-fashioned feel of nature, while reveling the contemporary appliances and modern marvels of today’s world.
Window boxes fall somewhere in between cedar window boxes and are the best window boxes for these types of homes because they give your cottage, cabin, or log house a further rustic look. With rustic architecture, wrought iron window boxes also add an elegance touch. With wrought iron window boxes, you can add a liner or place individual 8″ pots inside to create an even more rustic feel to your curb appeal.
Copper Window Boxes for Contemporary Homes
There are dozens of copper flower boxes to choose from, but the best window boxes in this category are those that go perfectly with the contemporary feel of a modern, suburban home. You probably have all the amenities, perhaps a big porch, and plenty of neighbors, so your curb appeal matters.
These copper window boxes are stain, decay, and deterioration resistant, meaning they will last longer, keeping your impromptu garden of beautiful flowers looking lovely. Plus, you can opt for steel arches for the exterior, accentuating the copper lining of each window box planter.
Most Flower Boxes are Versatile
Sure, the aforementioned flower box options mention contemporary, cottage, cabin, and log homes, but your house or apartment might not fall into any of those categories. Lucky for you, window box planters are versatile.
Usually, people pick the home exterior décor that suits their personalities. They also pick the accessories and amenities to go into and outside of their homes based on their personal interests and likes. The same is true for window box planters. You can simply choose one that you think suits you best and go from there. It would likely be a match, considering your surroundings are already based on your unique likes and dislikes.
Shop all of our versatile window boxes at HooksandLattice.com. If you fell in love with a certain window box but need it in a different size, give us a call at 800-896-0978, we would love to make you a custom 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.
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.
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!
Introducing an exclusive
Hooks & Lattice product:
The Medallion Window Box or Liner!
Window boxes are getting more popular by the day and for good reason! They are the perfect solution for adding a sufficient amount of curb appeal to your home with minimal effort. What makes this window box so unique from the rest is that it is made of the highest quality rolled rimed PVC to bring it great stability so it can be hung and used multiple ways.
This is the Medallion plastic window box/liner. This versatile window box isn’t the typical plastic “window box” you can buy at the local hardware store. Made from one of the most durable plastic, this PVC flower box is strong enough to be a window box liner as well as a standalone window box. And with the strength of PVC you also will get its resistance to fading so you can trust the color will be the same this summer and summers to come! The Medallion window box or liner also features a removable drainage tray so you don’t have to worry about water overflowing. Below are just a couple of the many ways you can incorporate this lovely window box into your homes’ decor.
Install it by itself directly to a wall, under a window, or on a rail
Use as a window box liner inside a decora style window cage
Install it on a wall as a flower window box
Use it as a deck rail window box with simple deck rail brackets
Line the perimeter of your patio or balcony
The Medallion window box is the perfect container gardening solution for the curb appeal enthusiast or gardener on a budget. If your one of the many that either rent or have little to no outdoor space, this multi-functional window box is the perfect fit for you!
Shop the Medallion Window Boxes and all it’s hanging brackets HERE
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!